Public Works crews will again focus on clearing roads blocked by ice storm debris. Many of the remaining closures still have power lines mixed in with the debris. Public Works is working with EWEB to remove the wires before removing the downed trees and limbs.
One of the focal points today is to open all lanes of Coburg Road near I-105. The trees have been too unstable to safely work until today. Flaggers are on scene, however this work could take most of the day. People are advised to use alternate routes.
Eugene Public Works has nine teams out working today. They continue to address road closures, including roads that only recently became blocked. They will also work on pushing debris further out of the way on many of the main routes.
Public Works would like to remind citizens to keep private tree storm debris out of the street. Public Works is charged with addressing publicly owned tree failures and when private tree debris becomes comingled it slows tree clearing down throughout the city.
The ice-snow emergency remains in effect due to the unsafe conditions. During ice-snow emergencies, on street parking on priority transportation routes is banned. The ban allows emergency vehicles to travel safely on roadways to respond to emergency situations. Public Works crews need access to this space to better manage the debris and clear the road. Getting parked cars off the street is a vital part of this emergency declaration.
The weather forecast looks to remain very cold and it is expected that more trees will fail. The public is advised to continue to use extreme caution around trees.