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City, County, State, Fed governments
June 2006: last gasp?
Federal Highway - new route
West Eugene Wetlands
$17, $88, or $169 million
would have more
traffic lights than
NOT #1 Green City
The ideal location for Eugene's new hospital
is Second and Garfield, which is relatively central for Eugene's
population. The site is large enough for a sizeable complex.
It has good access via 6th and 7th Avenues, River Road, Northwest
Expressway, Roosevelt Blvd and Highway 99. Spending a half million
or so to extend Second Street westward to Highway 99 would facilitate
better access to this location (there is no need to build the WEP
to do this).
||Second and Garfield
||Moderate to High
||Severe (especially during dam failure)
||6th and 7th avenues, near
West 11th, River Road, Garfield and Chambers, Roosevelt Blvd., Highway
99 (extend Second Street to 99 to complete access, no need to build
||massive reconstruction of Delta and Beltline required
||relocated 6th Avenue / Franklin Blvd., new underpass
under rail tracks, Ferry Street Bridge
||would require expanded I-5 interchange, on new Bus
Rapid Transit route
|| no access to west, north, minimal access to east,
south access hampered by clogged Delta / Beltline interchange
||all directions except northeast
||access is good, but not from most of Eugene
|Road construction subsidy
||a million? (Second Street
extended to Hwy 99)
||a hundred million or more?
||tens of millions (relocation of Franklin Blvd., underpass
under railroad tracks) plus tens of millions for EWEB relocation
||many tens of millions?
||close to geographic center
of Eugene population
||at far edge of town
||next to downtown, relatively central
|Views from hospital room
||Three Sisters, Coburg Hills,
South Hills, Bertelsen Nature Park forest, West Eugene Wetlands
||Coburg Hills, river, golf course, gravel pits
||downtown, river, Coburg Hills
||Coburg Hills, I-5 bridges, river
||minor zoning change needed
||part of site is outside Urban Growth Boundary
||riverfront issues, EWEB relocation
||some cleanup of site probably
needed (mycoremediation with mushrooms)
||would result in both regional hospitals on same side
of river, earthquake and/or large flood would eliminate health care
access for most of Eugene
||same side of river as Eugene, but in highly vulnerable
flood location downstream of dangerous dams
Bob Welch: Triad & Delta destined for disaster
By Bob Welch
Columnist, The Register-Guard
Published: Sunday, February 19, 2006
Site will never be right for hospital
By Ann Simas
For The Register-Guard
Published: Sunday, January 14, 2007
Belt Line Widening from Coburg Road to River
The STIP list also requests the start of a study for widening Belt Line
from Coburg Road to River Road. This would be another huge subsidy to
the "heart transplant" - the relocation of Peace Health hospital
to the McKenzie River floodplain. Tens of millions, at least, would be
spent to widen the Belt Line to feed traffic to Peace Health.
This widening would require the reconstruction of the Delta Highway,
Norkenzie and Gilham overpasses, since none of these bridges have room
for more lanes on Belt Line. In addition, several places lack sufficient
right-of-way for more lanes, so there would be major impacts on the residential
neighborhoods between Coburg Road and Delta, and on the businesses between
the river and River Road. It will be interesting to see the political
fallout when pavement-at-any-cost politicians such as (outgoing) Mayor
Torrey and Councilor Pape tell their neighbors in the Norkenzie area that
they will lose their backyards, if not their homes, so that more lanes
can be added to the highway system to facilitate speculative development
planned by an out of state hospital corporation masquerading as a "non-profit."
It is sad that this official malfeasance causes many citizens to be cynical
about the political process.
Peace Health's move is going to force the widening of Belt Line to at
least to 6 lanes to River Road, which is not in the TransPlan budget,
not even as a “future” project. Widening Belt Line in this
area would probably force the relocation of a number of families’
homes, with considerable community impact.
This widening would require the reconstruction of three overpasses -
Delta Highway, Norkenzie and Gilham Roads. If the new Norkenzie and Gilham
bridges are built next to the existing bridges (so that the roads can
remain open during construction), several homes might need to be demolished.McKenzie
Willamette hospital vs. EWEB
crisis of health care in Lane County is lack of access
Hospital certificate of need process leaves out consumers.
By Alan Pittman
The $600 million cost of the two new hospitals here will be passed through
to local consumers and increase the cost of private health insurance in
Eugene-Springfield, said Bart McMullan, president of Regence BlueCross
BlueShield of Oregon, the state's largest health insurer. "Yes it
PeaceHealth and Triad officials have denied they'll charge significantly
more to pay for the new hospitals.
But few people appear to believe them. "The folks who are going to
pay are everyone in Lane County who ever needs to pay for hospital services,"
Healey calls the hospitals switching cities here a "debacle"
that will cost consumers money and waste scarce health care resources.
Lane County has an estimated 50,000 uninsured people. If distributed evenly,
$600 million is about $12,000 for each uninsured person to buy health
"It just seems like a whole lot of wasted health care dollars,"
said Healey. "How many people could get health care for that kind