Pavement Preservation

Preserving Our Pavement
Eugene has an active pavement preservation program, funded primarily by local motor vehicle fuel taxes and revenues from a voter-approved bond measure. Since 2003, the program has resulted in major street repairs to nearly 300 lane miles of city streets.This web site contains detailed information about specific types of pavement repair treatments, information on past and current pavement preservation projects, and links to staff contacts and more information about pavement preservation in Eugene.

The goal of Eugene’s pavement preservation program is to bring Eugene’s streets back into a relatively good condition and prevent streets from falling into such a state of disrepair that they must be reconstructed. As of the end of 2014, Eugene has a backlog of approximately $84 million in needed pavement repairs, including approximately $38 million in streets that need to be reconstructed.

Source of Funding
The principle sources of funding for Eugene's pavement preservation program includes local gas tax revenues, a portion of the fees paid by new development in Eugene, and funding through the bond measure to fix streets approved by Eugene voters in November 2012.

Road repairs typically result in lane closures and travel delays in the construction zone.Motorists, cyclists and pedestrians are encouraged to use alternate routes to avoid delays and other construction-related inconveniences. Up-to-date information on work zones is provided on the road work advisory website or on Twitter.

Overlay, Reconstruction and Street Improvement Projects
On overlay projects, spot repairs are made as necessary to the road bed, then the top layer of asphalt is ground off and a new asphalt surface is constructed. This strengthens the street and seals the road surface. On slurry seals, an emulsion of asphalt and sand is applied to fill small cracks and seal the surface to prevent water from eroding the road bed. On reconstruction projects the entire road is dug up and rebuilt from scratch. Street improvement projects typically take a substandard street to a fully improved street with an engineered road bed, drainage system and sidewalks, street lights and street trees.

Additionally, the Public Works Maintenance Division repairs streets by patching potholes, sealing cracks and applying thin overlays