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North Bank Path (DeFazio Bridge to Leisure Lane) (Project completed)

Completed: Yes
MTIP: North Bank Path: DeFazio Bridge to Leisure Lane Construction Year: 2012
Jurisdiction: City of Eugene Mode: Bike

In 2012 the City plans to improve the portion of the North Bank Path (Ruth Bascom Riverbank Trail System) from the DeFazio Bridge upstream (east) about 2/3 of a mile to Leisure Lane. This section of path goes through Alton Baker Park and abuts the west boundary of the Whilamut natural area. Key elements of the project include reconstructing the path to remove slippery exposed-aggregate surfaces, replace thin and narrow asphalt sections, address unsafe root heaving and excessive cross slopes, and widen the path to the City’s 12-foot standard. Lighting will be installed between the DeFazio Bridge and the boat landing (no lighting is planned east of the boat landing). This section of path is highly used by the public and is in need of extensive repairs to make it maintainable and safe for the traveling public for the next 50 years. Every effort is being made to protect trees from construction impacts. These efforts include realigning a section of path to protect four mature trees and carefully building the path over existing tree roots where that is possible. Any trees removed for the project will be replaced on a 2:1 ratio.

Timeline: Spring - Summer 2012
Traffic Impacts:

Based on travel counts that show more than 200 people per hour walking, biking, running, and skating on this path during peak hours, it’s likely that more than a thousand people per day use this section of path. Detour routes will be provided, and staff is working with community groups and non-profit agencies to schedule the path construction to minimize the impact on planned activities.

Work Schedule:

Detailed construction schedule information will be provided once construction begins.


The project is estimated to cost about $1 million; funding includes federal “Rapid Readiness” and Surface Transportation Program (Urban) funding and local transportation system development funds.

Contact: John Bonham
Project Notes:

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