WEP at the crossroads: obstacles and opportunities in 2006

 

West Eugene Parkway maps

WETLANDS alternative - WEP would not solve traffic problems - Bus Rapid Transit (EmX)

WEP route options: 1997, 2003, 2005 - photos of 2005 map - aerial photos of WEP area taken Summer 2002
June 2006: Federal Highway proposes small change to the WEP route
ODOT maps: west of Danebo - east of Danebo - Beltline Interchange - 5th / 7th Couplet - Eastern Terminus

Roosevelt Freeway: 1959 plan and 1967 plan, 1978 Whiteaker Bypass or 6th / 7th Freeway
Land and Water Conservation Fund lands - floodplains and WEP - Amazon Creek relocation

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WETLANDS alternative to the $200 million WEP

Cost of Alternative ($17, $88 or $169 million) -- Purpose and Need met by Alternative (not by WEP) -- Avoidance criteria met by alternative

  • Roosevelt Blvd. is a better connector between Beltline and 99, it serves northwest Eugene neighborhoods better than WEP could. Some local traffic would use Roosevelt, regional through traffic would bypass on Belt Line.
  • transfer WEP money to finish Beltline, fix Roosevelt / 99 intersection
    two options for completing Beltline: (1) if Peak Oil is here, (2) if Peak Oil is not yet here. The larger option could convert Beltline to an interstate highway - perhaps I-605?
  • transfer ODOT / City lands for WEP to BLM's West Eugene Wetlands Project
  • new roads: First - 99 - Second Connector, Barger Road Extended & Trainsong Connector (to NW Expressway)
  • fix West 11th intersections (would cost about $2 million, the cost to complete WEP study), other road repairs

Hidden History of the West Eugene Parkway

Highway Robbery: WEP would officially cost $169 million, really over $200 million

cost of WETLANDS alternative ($17, $88 or $169 million)

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WEP would worsen traffic

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One of the most illegal highways ever proposed

 

West Eugene Wetlands

 

 

 

TREES: Transportation, Energy, Environment, Sustainability

TRANSPORTATION for Peak Oil
change regional plans to anticipate Peak Oil
maintain road networks, don't expand them
upgrade Amtrak and inter-city buses
convert RV factories to make buses
local manufacture of electric cars, bicycles
no “mileage tax” to track all motorists 24/7
Hybrids should not subsidize Hummers

ENVIRONMENT Protection and Restoration
ecoforestry: selective logging to restore tree farms to forests, no clearcuts or biocides, value added products
green business, non-toxic industry, myco and bioremediation,
zero discharge, ban toxics to protect public health, shift to carbohydrate economy away from petrochemicals
reduce garbage: waste is a terrible thing to mind
intelligent (urban) design: beauty not ugliness
(prevent more strip mauls, billboards)

ENERGY for the Year 2025, Region 2050
build solar panel and wind turbine factories
convert grass seed farms to grow biofuels
require passive solar design in building codes
relocalize production to reduce consumption (fewer delivery trucks)
retrofit buildings: conservation & renewables
initiatives for sustainable jobs after Peak Oil

SUSTAINABILITY is not efficiency, it is post-petroleum
paradigm shifts: psychological and political
beyond boom and bust: steady state economy
local food security, more community gardens, teach gardening skills at neighborhood levels, protect farm soils from "development" regional inventories of food production and processing
economic stability needs democratic decisions, Campaign Finance Reform
public health: single payer health care
support local economy: strengthen local businesses, build downtown Farmers Market, not Whole Foods predator, ban big box megastores and franchises

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Eugene's natural disaster plans: preventative, permaculture perspectives

  • Eugene's Multi-Hazard Mitigation program
  • floods: don’t build hospitals in floodplains
  • storms: plant fruit trees, not firs, around homes
  • landslides: ban clearcuts and new road cuts
  • wildfires: fireworks and clearcuts increase risk
  • earthquakes and coastal tsunami: seismic retrofit bridges & buildings
  • volcanoes: plan to do without Calif. products if Mt. Shasta erupts
  • dam collapse:
    the Willamette Valley tsunami, we must strengthen -- or remove -- the dams
  • critical infrastructure: redundancy, relocalization and renewables needed
  • hazardous material: ban toxics, monitor train & truck shipments through region
  • terrorism: community cohesion is solution
  • Disaster Mitigation and Land Use:
    Eugene needs intelligent (urban) design
    Hospitals, Earthquakes, Floods, and Lahars
    Troubled Bridges Over Water: the I-5 bridge crisis
    West Eugene sprawl in floodplains: WEP, Target megastore, Royal Node subdivision
  • The Long Emergency: Peak Oil and Climate Collapse require paradigm shift
  • Katrina disaster shows the Federal government response: we are on our own

 

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