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Posted on: February 25, 2019

[ARCHIVED] February 26: Inclement Weather Updates

Despite significant progress clearing roads overnight, people should still prepare to navigate slick and icy roads. That means if you have to go out, give yourself extra drive time to get where you need to go and slow down.


Temperatures overnight hovered around freezing, allowing public works crews to plow snow and slush on most priority routes. They were able to get to all priority one and two routes, and many priority three routes. They also removed several tree hazards, however crews will be back out to clear streets of tree hazards as there are still at least 70 sites that need to be inspected.


While many of the main roads are wet, not icy, crews are ready to sand as needed.


Public works staff will also start to focus on clearing sidewalks and access ramps. People can help by clearing a path on the sidewalks in front of their property, as required under City code.


They will return to chip and haul away trees in the coming days. Homeowners working on their own tree issues are asked to help keep roads clear by not placing debris and vegetation from their property in the City right of way.


The City’s ice/snow emergency declaration remains in effect. The emergency declaration means all vehicles must be removed from designated snow emergency routes. The City’s ice/snow ordinance prohibits parking along streets designated as snow emergency routes while a snow/ice emergency is in effect.  Typically, emergency routes are collectors, arterials, and bus routes.       


Listen to local radio and television stations for regular updates.  If you have questions about which streets are emergency routes and subject to the parking ban, call 682-4800, or on the internet at www.eugene-or.gov/snow.         


To check driving conditions, including traffic cameras along highways and streets, go to TripCheck.com.


Closure Updates

The following City of Eugene programs and services are affected by the inclement weather on Tuesday, February 26. Please check back for updates. 


Library, Recreation and Cultural Services

  • Recreation
    • Sheldon and Echo Hollow Pools will open at noon.
    • Sheldon Community Center, Amazon Community Center and the River House will open at noon.
    • The Campbell, Hilyard, and Petersen Barn Community Centers will be closed today. 
    • All Rec programming is canceled for the day. 
  • Library
    • The downtown Eugene Public Library is open during regular hours.
    • The Eugene branch libraries are closed today.


Parks 

Multiple tree crews are responding to downed trees across the city. The following parks are closed due to the possibility of tree failures:

  • Hendricks Park
  • Ridgeline Park System
  • Skinner Butte 

The public is advised to use extreme caution near trees in all parks. In addition, tree crews are moving throughout Eugene responding to over 100 tree hazards. 


Planning and Development

  • The City of Eugene Atrium Building is open with limited services.
  • The Permit Information Center is open during normal business hours. 
  • Inspectors will go on visits, as road conditions allow. 
  • Code Compliance staff are in the office, but are not making visits. 


Spay and Neuter Clinic

  • The City of Eugene Spay and Neuter clinic is closed for surgery on the morning of Tuesday, February 26. We will provide an update about the afternoon as the day progresses. 
  • Staff will be calling to reschedule today's surgery appointments as soon as possible.

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