This project aims to improve safety and connectivity by reconstructing the Washington Way corridor while encouraging active modes of transportation on the OSU Corvallis campus.
Washington Way, an important corridor running east-to-west through campus, will be improved over the next few years using a phased approach. The schedule has been updated, with work beginning in the fall 2022 with the replacement of a city of Corvallis water line.
Questions and concerns about the Washington Way Improvement Project can be directed to WashingtonWay@oregonstate.edu.
- Relocation of the roadway farther away from the railroad tracks (10 feet north of current roadway).
- Construction of cycle track and wide pedestrian sidewalks.
- Improved curbs and streetscapes to the north of the roadway.
- Major lighting improvements along pedestrian sidewalk and cycle track; along multimodal path south of the road; and at intersections.
Capital Projects Forum May 4, 2023 - Washington Way Improvement Project
Frequently Asked Questions about the Washington Way Improvements
Why is OSU in charge of this project?
Washington Way on campus is an OSU owned street, and OSU is responsible for the street infrastructure.
Why are the Washington Way Improvements being done?
The safety of our students, staff and visitors is of utmost importance to OSU. Improving Washington Way will make the roadway safer for all travelers and will improve connectivity among campus and will provide more opportunities for travelers to use alternative modes of transportation.
How will parking be affected by the Washington Way Improvements?
Approximately 123 parking spaces directly adjacent to Washington Way (90 spaces south of Student Legacy Park (lot 3293), 14 spaces at Navy ROTC Armory (lot 3265), 15 spaces in the parking lot east of Goss Stadium (lot 3261), and 4 spaces along Benton Place (3268)) will be eliminated for the relocation of the roadway.
Will the parking spots be replaced on campus?
No. The proposed Washington Way project includes construction of a cycle track (two-way bike facility), an investment that will facilitate bicycle trips and help lower campus parking demand. Additionally, OSU’s Parking Utilization Rate of 64 percent indicates there is sufficient parking capacity to absorb the loss of these parking spaces.
Shouldn’t parking spaces that were removed due to construction be relocated?
The Division of Finance and Administration Policy on Parking Replacement (Facilities and Grounds, Section 005-01) requires that parking removed within a construction project be replaced. However, this policy only refers to building construction and not infrastructure improvements.
Will the trees south of the Tennis Pavilion (adjacent to Washington Way) be removed?
Yes, to facilitate the relocation of the roadway. 45 large canopy trees will be planted as part of the project.
Will the trees north of Merritt Truax Indoor Center (adjacent to Washington Way) be removed?