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Safer Crossing Of Row River Rd In Cottage Grove

Rachael McDonald

Lane County has completed safety improvements along Row River Road in Cottage Grove where a bike/ pedestrian trail intersects it.
Officials held a ribbon cutting Wednesday. KLCC's Rachael McDonald spoke with Lydia McKinney, Transportation Planning Manager for Lane County.

McKinney: "This is a location where we have had a number of accidents and we've had a couple of fatalities. After the second fatality, we decided to look at how we could improve safety on the Row River Trail."

Two bicyclists were killed here. McKinney says logging trucks and other vehicles drive fast along this rural stretch. Now a tunnel takes pedestrians and cyclists under the road. The undercrossing was decided on with community input.

McKinney: "And I've heard from folks who use the trail, they love it. They love being able to go underneath the road and we're really pleased with the way the design turned out."

Federal funds largely paid for the $1 million project. Additional signs and lights were also added.

Credit Rachael McDonald

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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