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<br /> A <br /> .~-, 1~ <br /> M I NUT E S <br /> e Eugene City Council Work Session <br /> Council Chamber--City Hall <br /> December 4, 1985 <br /> 11:15 a.m. <br /> COUNCILORS PRESENT: Cynthia Wooten (11:25-12:20 p.m.), Richard Hansen, Emily <br /> Schue, Freeman Holmer, Debra Ehrman, Ruth Bascom, Roger <br /> Rutan, Jeff Miller. <br /> His Honor Mayor Brian B. Obie called the work session to order. <br /> 1. DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT FOR WEST 11TH AVENUE-GARFIELD <br /> STREET--FLORENCE-EUGENE HIGHWAY (commonly known as the 6th/7th Extension <br /> West of Garfield) <br /> Dave Reinhard reviewed background information on the 6th/7th Extension. He <br /> said the need for an east-west arterial became apparent during preparation of <br /> the T-2000 Plan in the mid-1970's. The Roosevelt Freeway and the Amazon <br /> Parkway were rejected as major east-west facilities, in favor of the 6th/7th <br /> corri dor. He said the extension of the urban growth boundary when the Metro <br /> e Plan was adopted in 1982 increased the need for the east/west arterial. <br /> Mr. Reinhard said members of the Oregon Department of Transportation, the <br /> Eugene Public Works and Planning Departments, and a Citizen Advisory Committee <br /> considered several alignments for the 6th/7th Extension and decided the corri- <br /> dor should be between the Southern Pacific Railroad and West 11th Avenue. <br /> Although it did not show on the aerial map he was using, Mr. Reinhard said <br /> there is development just south of the Southern Pacific Railroad which would <br /> preclude an alignment along the tracks. He pointed out that Roosevelt Boule- <br /> vard has been improved as an arterial street from Highway 99 to Beltline, and <br /> will eventually extend east to the Chambers Connector and west to Terry Street. <br /> Answering a question from Mr. Gleason, Mr. Reinhard said a new bridge across <br /> the Wi11amette River is recommended in the TransP1an. It will decrease <br /> traffic in the 6th/7th-Washington/Jefferson area by providing an alternative <br /> route between southwest Eugene and the Valley River Center area. <br /> Mr. Reinhard summarized the testimony received at the public hearing on the <br /> 6th/7th Extension. <br /> Responding to questions from Mayor Obie and Mr. Hansen, Mr. Reinhard said the <br /> Bertelsen Slough has been designated a natural resource area in the Metro <br /> Plan. The 6th/7th Extension will receive Federal funds and Federal regula- <br /> tions indicate the impact of highways on wetlands must be mitigated. The Lane <br /> County Audubon Society favors Alternative #1 to protect the wetlands. <br /> - Mr. McKinley said the Environmental Impact Statement documented that large <br /> numbers of people go to the slough each year to watch wildlife. Mr. Reinhard <br /> MINUTES--Eugene City Council Work Session December 4, 1985 Page 1 <br />