The City is seeking public comments regarding transportation facilities that lack connections such as paths, roads or areas with safety, or significant congestion. Consider areas that lack facilities available such as a traffic signal, sidewalks, bike lanes, road width, transit stops, etc. Keep in mind growing areas of the City along Garden Valley Blvd, Lookingglass Street, Diamond Lake Blvd, Newton Creek Road and unincorporated areas like Winchester or Charter Oaks. We are seeking general public input from people that use our facilities on a daily basis to support data for the update to our Transportation System Plan. So, your input is valuable.
Historic Pine Street's Waterfront Inadequate Street, Bike Path and Sidewalk around this Historic area of Roseburg: Pine Street going north of Douglas Avenue is a bike path; sidewalk; and city street all on a 10-12 feet wide piece of worn out asphalt. This 1000' section services all of the city of Roseburg's general commercial zoned waterfront inclusive of many historic homes and even a city park (Deer Creek park at the south side of the mouth of Deer Creek) plus connects all the bike paths so that bikes and pedestrians are not forced out to Stephens Street into significant highway traffic. This section from Douglas Avenue to Deer Creek needs to be redesigned to make safer and more attractive to both tourists and locals visiting our general commercial zoned areas on the waterfront. With such improvements more private investment will be attracted to make Roseburg's waterfront an economic driver to assist downtown businesses at the same time of making this area safe for all. This area was the original "Deer Creek Settlement" area which predated the city's name being changed to Roseburgh ("h" later dropped) and has significant history to assist as an economic driver but the path/road/sidewalk is very unsafe and unattractive not even close to local requirements. So this 1000' long section is clearly inadequate as a bicycle path, sidewalk for residences and businesses and a city street so it should be addressed for both safety and the opportunity to build our commercial zoned waterfront to draw visitors and locals to the downtown area.
I enjoy walking as a form of exercise and recreation. I prefer to run errands on foot whenever practical. After retiring I accomplished a goal of walking every street in Roseburg. I live near downtown and recently, when contemplating walking to the Arts Center, I realized I just didn't want to do it because Harvard is not a pleasant place to walk. Here's why I say that: The freeway onramp by the high school is difficult to safely negotiate. The multiple driveways into parking lots (especially at Grocery Outlet) create many opportunities for auto/pedestrian conflict--does each aisle of the parking lot really need access to Harvard? Sidewalks need more separation from traffic. And, what I would really love to see would be some vegetation to soften all the asphalt and concrete and help muffle traffic noise. Street trees would make it (and any other street in town) much more appealing. We have to go beyond just thinking about traffic signals, road width, etc. in this planning process and consider aesthetics. Make our city streets into something that makes people say, "Wow, Roseburg is a beautiful place." (I singled out Harvard because I live nearby, but the same could be said for Garden Valley Blvd.)
1) Drivers need education about laws and courtesies regarding driving around bikes and pedestrians; riders need education about laws which apply to them.
2) Washington Ave/Harvard Ave, from Stephens to end, especially bridge over So. Umpqua, NB entrance to I-5 from WB Harvard (for bicyclists and walkers), NB entrance to I-5 from EB Harvard (for walkers) and all of Harvard (bike lane east of I-5 where the street bends has traffic encroaching into the already narrow bike lanes; Harvard east of Umpqua Street has no bike lane and many driveways).
3) Downtown sharrows are in the wrong place.
4) NE Stephens from Diamond Lake to Garden Valley where there are no bike lanes, and from Garden Valley where they are narrow.
5) NE Stephens at “S” curve at creek the bike lane is regularly full of debris, and the NB side has uneven pavement.
6) NE Stephens at the “S” curve at the creek has a very narrow bike lane/shoulder northbound at the curve on the bridge heading NB.
7) Bike lane needed on NE Stephens from Garden Valley south to Diamond Lake.
8) Bridge over No. Umpqua needs bike lane (route to Umpqua Comm. College).
9) Bike lane needed on Garden Valley, Stephens to west side of I-5.
10) Garden Valley bike lanes offer no protection from the many turning vehicles.
11) Stewart Parkway at Harvey, curb return extends into bike lane.
12) Steward Parkway SB between Newton Creek Bridge and curves, pavement is coming apart.
13) Stewart Parkway SB bike lane at curves is usually full of debris.
14) Stewart Parkway has no sidewalks from bridge over So. Umpqua at Stewart Park to 5 lane section, almost to GV.
15) MUP from downtown to train in Stewart Park is too narrow, has poor patches where pipes have apparently been installed to cross the path (adjacent to Gaddis Park), and generally needs new pavement.
16) MUP from downtown to train in Stewart Park often is not kept free of debri, dirt, etc.
17) Douglas Ave, particularly uphill from Courthouse, needs bike lane(s).
18) Diamond Lake Boulevard has no bike lanes, and in places extremely constricted sidewalks, and in other areas, sidewalks in need of repair.
19) None of the bike lanes are protected.
20) Many of the bike lanes are substandard in width.
21) Many traffic signals don’t recognize bikes.
22) Bike lanes adjacent to streets with 35 or 40 mph speed limits are not comfortable for many.
23) Sidewalks are often not pleasant to use when there is nearby speeding traffic.
24) Winchester has inadequate bike lanes and broken and obstructed sidewalks.
25) Streets which are primarily residential are posted for movement of traffic, such as Winchester and Douglas east of the hill.
26) Emphasis & funding seems to be placed on projects (new or expanded streets) not maintenance. County roads within the UGB don’t receive any urban-type maintenance (especially NE Stephens from City Limits north).
27) Many sidewalks do not connect with destinations or require walking through landscaping or through parking lot without a place to walk.
28) MUP ends on Garden Valley at sidewalk, leaving cyclists temped to ride on sidewalk rather than push crossing button to get to WB Garden Valley at signal at SB I-5 exit (conflict with exiting traffic).
29) Leaving Roseburg High School turning east has riders crossing NB traffic exiting I-5.
30) Merger at NB Winchester and NE Stephens.
31) Harvard by Fir Grove School has many people running that traffic signal.
SE Main has no bike lanes and limited, inadequate or nonexistant sidewalks.
Speeds of 35 mph and above are not conducive to riding or walking unless there is physical separation and attractive features.
Site distance at many intersections and driveways is poor.
Harvard Avenue- please add crosswalk between Grocery Outlet and School. Pedestrians cross in middle of traffic often in front of Shell Gas station.
Lookinglass Road (near 3490 address) No shoulder for bike/peds. Add street lights. Too many accidents on that road.
Keasey Street- add crosswalk by Colony Market.
Diamond Lake Blvd.- Add crosswalk between Library and Rifle Range Rd.
Douglas Avenue- Decrease speed limit. Add Deer Crossing signs, add Children at Play Signs. Speed too high for residential area near playground and apartment complexes, homes.
Mulholland Rd. Left turn to Garden Valley- Add Left Turn Yield to Oncoming Traffic sign at traffic light.
Stephens Street- Crosswalk in front of Log Cabin not well marked. A child was hit recently while in the crosswalk. Please add flashing lights or more markers/indicators.
My co-worker mentioned that HWY 99 is often an area of injury for BIKE/PEDs. Not sure if out of city limits.
Submitted on behalf of Dick Dolgonas
For school bus routing we must use two buses on parallel streets in NE Roseburg due to unpaved sections. It would be nice if those portions of NW Kerr and NW Vine, between Clover and Meadow, were paved. We have a number of walking students from Jo Lane that walk north of the school on streets with open ditches, no sidewalks, and in some spots nearly no road during the rainiest part of the year. With the NW Stewart Pkwy planned improvements it appears that the plans include sidewalks from Harvey south to the river this will make it safer for pedestrians. Living directly across from Stewart Park the improved sidewalks at the bridge will probably stop some ad hoc parking that happens on the west side of Stewart Pkwy which has always appeared to be a safety concern. Students walking home from Fremont tend to be less observant of traffic as they step off the bridge on the park side of the street. Off Harvard, we have two times each day when it would be nice if traffic lights were programmed with a slight modification to allow more buses to pull through the light on any given cycle. Morning bus routes into Fremont Middle School, Fir Grove and Roseburg High and again at dismissal times in the afternoon are most frequently impacted.
After reading of business owners' concerns about proposed changes to the Stewart Parkway/Edenbower Blvd intersection (News-Review, Feb. 16, 2017) I want to encourage consideration of a roundabout as a solution. In addition to concerns mentioned in the N-R article, folks have told me that turning left from Edenbower onto Stewart Parkway, from both north and south, is difficult due to the lack of left turn arrows. A roundabout has two lanes in and one or two lanes out at each point in the intersection. Drivers do need to learn which lane to use to enter the intersection based on where they plan to leave the intersection. A roundabout keeps traffic moving continuously and does not require expensive traffic lights. For more information, please check out this story about Carmel, Indiana. At the second link, see a diagram of how a roundabout (not the same as a rotary) would work. https://www.pri.org/stories/2017-01-05/welcome-carmel-indiana-roundabout-city-usa http://www.cityofbrooklyncenter.org/DocumentCenter/Home/View/331
Recognition of the surroundings needs to be part of decision-making on projects, and the scale and look of all projects need to reflect the urban environment. An example is the new Highway 138 project where signs are essentially freeway signs, yet located in a downtown urban area. They do work to direct traffic perhaps, but are probably overkill, and make the street look like it could be a freeway. Even if they work to direct traffic, other attractive wayfinding signs could be used.
On the same project, the new “railing” between the sidewalk and the grassy hillside on the east side of the Washington Ave. Bridge is actually a highway or freeway guard rail, large wooden posts, and metal guard rail. Not the type of thing one sees on an urban street. What was needed was a railing to prevent pedestrians from falling down the bank, not a guard rail to keep motor vehicles from crashing through.
If we truly want downtown to flourish, we need to realize that every time money is spent on new, enlarged, or otherwise improved projects elsewhere, this is counterproductive to making downtown successful. Spending large sums of money to keep traffic moving traffic efficiently in the newer areas of town draws locals and visitors from downtown, including south Roseburg. Those who own property and have invested in downtown and to the south need to be respected and their investments protected and further encouraged.
Submitted on Behalf of Dick Dolgonas
I heard something on the radio a while back that was interesting. It was a story about Carmel, Indiana, which is renowned for its roundabouts. Not to be confused with rotaries, it seems that roundabouts are more popular. Carmel used them first in new construction. Citizens liked them so well that older intersections were later redone.
The main bottleneck I've experienced is turning form Stewart Pkwy onto Edenbower by the USFS building during high traffic times. And of course, Garden Valley at Stewart Pkwy. Perhaps roundabouts would work in those places. This radio story referred to federal "congestion mitigation funds" that were available to Carmel. https://www.pri.org/stories/2017-01-05/welcome-carmel-indiana-roundabout-city-usa
Here's the link to the story and a graphic. I'm not sure if roundabouts would help here, but they are good to know about. Consider and share as you see fit.
Thanks, Jenny Carloni
I cycle on the Stewart Park bike paths into Downtown Roseburg. The NE Pine st section needs improvement, paving, bike path markings. Also to get from the bike path which goes under the Washington & Oak st bridges needs a good way to go across Oak st bridge.
Instead of incorporating pedestrian crossing with car movements install a pedestrian activated "x" crossing that stops all car traffic and allows pedestrions to cross right, left or diagonally. This would reduce incidents of cars tryibg to turn in front or behind oedestrians still in the cross walk or worse not seeing pedestrians at all on 4 lane roads.
TRANSPORTATION SAFETY CONCERNS
A. The entrance into South Roseburg on Highway 99/(Oakland-Shady Hwy)
has a extreamly narrow shoulder for limited bicycle and pedestrian travel.
B. Inadequate street lighting coverage for vichicle and pedestrian traffic.
C. Missing Signage: Entrance Welcome, Bike Travel, Crater Lake National Park
D. Se Main Street, area between Marsters Ave and Booth Ave, missing sidewalks, and safety railing.
E. Missing sidewalks (Eastside of Se Main Street, Southgate Market area to Rice Ave ) F. Inadequate street lighting coverage from Southgate Market into Downtown/CBD
CONNECT ROSEBURG BIKE PATH WITH DOUGLAS COUNTY Rebuild the collapsed pedestrian (Alexander footbridge) access to our county fairgrounds and museum. Reconnecting our bicycle/pedestrian facilities with the county bike path will create a complete 'loop' around the entire city of Roseburg. The footbridge is a National Historic Landmark and could leverage funds from grants specific to historic preservation.
TRANSPORTAION STUDY RAILROAD CROSSING RAMPS The immediate need for transportation option while trains are on the move is essential to all transportation needs. My entire life this city comes to a stop (sometimes several times a day) for train crossings at Oak and Washington Bridges as well as Garden Valley and North Stephens Street. Build railroad crossing over ramps so auto/bicycle/pedestrian traffic may travel through rather than backing up and creating unsafe conditions for all citizen and visitor travel.
NORTH I5 FREEWAY ONRAMP The safety of our children should be our highest priority. A. Hypotheticaly, IF the intersection at the highschool light was timed to stop traffic and at the same time initiate a pedestrian crossing light at the North bound onramp. When the traffic intersection light turns Green, then the Pedestrian crossing light stays Red for pedestrian traffic planning to cross at the Northbound freeway on ramp. B. Study, Plan and Build a designated Right Hand Turn Lane to enter onto the Northbound I5 Freeway onramp from the intersection onto the freeway on both Northbound and Southbound Freeway access.
Thank you for asking for citizen input on our transportation areas of concern. :)