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Posted on: December 18, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Public Works Continues Clearing Roads, Widening Lanes

The focus remains on opening and clearing roads, as Eugene Public Works continues to coordinate with EWEB on remaining road closures. Many of the closed roads still have power lines mixed in with the storm debris. Public Works will remove the debris once the wires are removed and the area is deemed safe.

At this time, all priority routes are open. Public Works crews opened all lanes of Coburg Road yesterday near I-105. Six teams will move throughout the city today to open roads, remove hazards and widen travel lanes. They will also remove any hazard trees that pose a significant threat to safety. Public and worker safety, including inside work zones, remains a priority.

A few new calls of blocked roads came in overnight. This highlights the expectation that more trees will continue to fail over the coming days. The public is advised to continue to use extreme caution around trees.

Crews will also widen travel lanes on priority routes that are currently passable, but have debris in the road.

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.

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