In order to improve the connectivity of the transit service in Eugene, Oregon, the Lane Transit District (LTD) expanded into western Eugene. The West Eugene EmX project added nine miles to the existing 15 miles of round-trip EmX service. While EmX is only one of LTD’s 35 bus routes, EmX represents 25 percent of LTD’s system-wide weekday ridership. Upon completion, the transit service will allow riders to travel between West Eugene, downtown Eugene, Springfield, and North Springfield without having to transfer from one bus to another.
As part of the project, two pedestrian bridges were needed to cross the nearby Amazon Creek, connecting the nearby neighborhoods to the Fern Ridge regional trail and West 11th Street. As the best solution, two 89'-6" x 14'-6" Keystone®-style Continental® Pedestrian Bridges from Contech Engineered Solutions were selected for the cost savings.
"It's a great natural feature, but it's [also] a barrier,” stated Eugene Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator, Lee Shoemaker. “There are limited places for people to cross. There are a lot of businesses out on West 11th. Now they'll have access."
Funded by a grant from Connect Oregon, the structures were installed via crane in just one day.
"Working with the Contech Engineered Solutions team from beginning to end was easy," concluded Ryan Drake, Project Engineer, with Wildish Standard Paving Company. "The bridge was delivered on time and everything fit together perfectly. I wish every job went so smoothly.”