The signs are everywhere: road work ahead. The Public Works Department and its contractors have hit full stride on this year’s extensive list of street repair projects, with some contractors even working on Saturdays to get the work done.
The next phase of a project to repair 18th Avenue from Chambers to Washington streets will close the intersection of 18th Avenue and Jefferson Street for approximately 10 days starting Saturday. Knife River Corporation, working under contract to the Eugene Public Works, is well along on its project to rebuilt 18th Avenue from the Westmoreland Bridge to Washington Street. Polk Street, which was closed as part of the first phase of the project, is scheduled to be reopened this week.
A number of projects are in the downtown area. By the end of this week, Broadway will have curbs and base paving from Washington to Lincoln. That leaves two more blocks to go: Monroe to Madison and Madison to Jefferson. Also by the end of this week, 10th Avenue will have base paving on one block: Jefferson to Washington. That leaves four blocks to go: Washington to Olive Street. These four blocks are completed two at a time, so fewer side streets are cut off at the same time. On Olive Street between 10th and 11th avenues, two out of three phases will be done by the end of this week. This one block takes longer because it is being constructed in concrete due to the bus loads there. The concrete work is scheduled for completion before the Eugene Celebration.
On the project to fix Fifth Avenue, Blair Boulevard and Van Buren Street, most of the work is done on the west end of Fifth, and on Wednesday the focus of construction shifted to the block of Fifth between Oak and Pearl streets. Two sections of Blair, including the intersection of Blair and Second Avenue, also remain to be done. Project staff continues to work closely with the many businesses in the project area, trying to accommodate their needs as much as possible.
On the west end of town, a project to install a bypass sewer line in Barger Driver between Terry Street and West Irwin Way began this week. It’s likely that the project – which requires digging a 16-foot-deep trench down the street – will require closing Barger for up to two weeks starting Monday. Staff is working closely with a local business affected by the project to ensure access.
Also on Aug. 5, nearly four dozen Eugene-area residential streets and paved park areas will receive a life-extending treatment called slurry sealing the week of August 5. Many of the streets scheduled to receive slurry seals this year are located in the Elmira Road area. Lane County, with funding from the City of Eugene, is slurry sealing a number of streets in the Santa Clara area. Roads and parking areas in Alton Baker Park, Hendricks Park, and Skinner Butte Park also are scheduled to receive slurry seals or fog seals Aug. 8-9.
Also on the street repair list for 2013: Hilyard Street (East Broadway to 13th Avenue) and Alder Street (18th to 24th avenues), both under way; Coburg Road (Chad Drive to County Farm Road), watch for weekend closures of the Chad Drive intersection starting Aug. 9; Fifth Avenue West (Highway 99 to Bailey Hill Road), construction scheduled to begin Aug. 12; and Willamette Street (19th to 23rd avenues), work slated to start Aug. 12.