The lengthy project to replace parts of Jefferson Street through the Jefferson Westside neighborhood begins on Monday. Engineers are rebuilding the road from 8th to 18th avenues. With safety in mind, they’ve scheduled the work to be done in four phases. The first phase, from 8th to 11th avenues, starts Monday, June 12, and is expected to last until July 14.
Construction crews will rebuild the travel lanes using 10-inch, fiber-reinforced concrete. They will not replace the parking lanes, however street parking is off limits during each closure. Phase 1 &2 traffic will be rerouted to Lawrence Street. People who walk should also expect sidewalk closures, but extra temporary pedestrian facilities will be installed to help people who walk and bike travel east-west on the cross streets.
Engineers focused on safety for those who walk when designing this project. They’ve created curb extensions at Broadway and 12th Avenues. This narrows the distance to cross the road. Construction crews will also build a wider raised crosswalk on Jefferson, at 15th, near the Lane County Fairgrounds. This slows down approaching cars earlier and alerts the driver of the crosswalk.
The project also calls for incorporation of some stormwater work on the south end of the project, where crews will replace deteriorated stormwater manholes and inlets.
Funding for the project comes from the 2012 street repair bond measure.
For more information on this and other Public Works projects, go to eugene-or.gov/roadwork.