12/23 - 2:45 p.m. update:
- Warming temperatures have improved conditions on many of the roads and sidewalks on the Valley floor.
- 30th Avenue remains closed between Hilyard St. and I-5 as crews work to clear the abandoned cars.
- 30th Avenue and other portions of the South Hills remain slick and covered in ice. Crews are focused on these areas and making progress, but people are urged to use extreme caution when moving about town.
- Public Works crews are utilizing seven pieces of equipment to deliver a mixture of de-icer and sand to cut through the remaining ice.
- The Ice/Snow Emergency declaration remains in place until further notice.
Emergency parking ban goes into effect on priority routes
The City of Eugene on Thursday, December 22, has declared an ice/snow emergency, effective immediately. The emergency declaration means all vehicles must be removed immediately from designated snow emergency routes.
Eugene Public Works declared the emergency due to ice and freezing rain that’s creating treacherous conditions. People are urged to stay home and off of the streets. Public works crews are currently responding to priority routes. They’re sanding elevated surfaces, near signalized intersections and in the south hills.
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.
The ordinance gives the City the authority to tow vehicles parked or stranded along emergency routes. By banning parking, the City is able to ensure that emergency vehicles, buses, and other essential traffic can move safely around town, and that parked and stalled vehicles do not hamper snow removal operations or ice mitigation.
The parking ban will remain in effect until further notification. 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 view a map at eugene-or.gov/snow.
The National Weather Service issued an Ice Storm Warning for our area until Friday morning, when warmer temperatures are expected to bring rain. However, people should remain aware of their surroundings and potential hazards.