New Crosswalks Slated for 101 and 126; Another Top 10 for Florence; Sculpture Donated; Voter Registration Deadline

New Crosswalks Slated for 101 and 126

Three new pedestrian island crossings are slated for highway 101.  According to the Oregon department of transportation the walkways, islands and flashing beacons will be set across highway 101 north of 126 and will possibly cause delays for travelers.  The construction is set to begin on may 18th and is not part of the revision Florence project.  Construction crews will be working mainly in the overnight hours from 9pm until 9am on Sunday and from 6pm until 9am Monday through Thursday.  The islands are intended to provide extra safety and convenience for pedestrians crossing 101.  Florence City Manager Erin Reynolds says the crossings will be at much needed intersections

“They will be at the half block of 15-16th, 12th street, and those are both on 101. And then on 126 at Redwood.

Reynolds says that with a short window for construction these projects have to be done during the summer months when the weather is best even though it coincides with tourist season.

Another Top 10 for Florence

Florence has been again nominated for a top 10 list from USA Today.  According to the current rankings USA Today has Florence listed in the #3 spot of Best Small Town For Adventure  ahead of places like Sedona, Arizona, Sun Valley Idaho, and Blowing Rock, North Carolina.  The two spots to beat are Watkins Glen, New York and Marquette, Michigan.  Florence is touted for its fishing and crabbing as well as its recreational activities.  There is open voting going on now through the 15th of May and people can click on the link below for information on how to vote.

Sculpture Donated

The Florence Public Art Committee has installed a new sculpture at the Florence Senior Center on Kingwood.  The Trotting horse sculpture is made from recycled oil drums by artists from Nairobi, Kenya and was made possible from generous donations from Sam Spayd and Ron Green.  There will be an official celebration tomorrow afternoon at 2pm.

Voter Registration Deadline

Ballots will begin to go out this Thursday for all Lane County residents.  If you have not registered to vote or need to update your voter registration or party affiliation you have until tomorrow to do so.  The quickest and easiest way to do so is online at