Eugene Public Works is closely monitoring a winter storm that could create treacherous conditions on Thursday, December 8. Forecasts are calling for icy conditions, including freezing rain, during the early morning hours and commute and may last into the early afternoon.
In preparation for the event, Public Works dedicated nine trucks to the response, with equipment ranging from deicers and sanders to snow plows. Staff will monitor roads and bridges overnight, and focus on high-priority commuter routes on Thursday morning.
“Freezing rain pose the most hazardous winter driving conditions. If these conditions exist please, refrain from traveling,” said Eric Johnson, Surface Operations Manager.
Because freezing rain is forecasted, urban forestry units are on standby. The additional weight of the ice could cause branches to break and trees to snap, especially trees that have held onto their leaves.
Residents are advised to check the conditions and roads before making a decision to head out Thursday morning. Freezing rain also has the potential to take down power lines. People are urged to stock up on food, water and other necessities.
Crews will clear sidewalks and access ramps near public buildings and in the downtown area. Property owners are reminded that they are responsible for keeping sidewalks passable next to their properties.