Call it a harbinger of spring -- and traffic delays.
For several months now, crews from Eugene Water & Electric Board, Northwest Natural and other utilities have been working to adjust their utilities before the city of Eugene commences its annual road work season.
Much of that utility work has been completed, and road work repair is about to begin -- in virtually all parts of the city.
In a few places, in fact, the work has already started.
Wildish Construction has mobilized equipment on Goodpasture Loop off Goodpasture Island Road and begun work on sidewalk access ramp installations and repairs. The sidewalk work will be followed by a pavement overlay the full length of the loop, along with some reconstruction work in the commercial area on the north end of the loop. Work on that project is estimated to be completed by mid-May.
Another stretch, which has been under construction by EWEB, is West 13th Avenue from Garfield to Washington streets. That road repair project is scheduled to begin in mid-April and will include reconstructing much of the existing roadway.
In all, 14 major street repair or rebuilding projects are scheduled around the city. In addition, 20 residential street segments will receive slurry seal treatments.
The total preliminary estimated cost for the 14 street projects is $9.5 million. The main sources of money are a bond measure to fix streets approved by Eugene voters in 2012, and Eugene's local gas tax.
In addition to the road work, a variety of bond-funded pedestrian and bicycle path improvements will be constructed, and work will continue on the Amazon Creek stabilization project between Chambers and Arthur streets.
In the parks category, renovations are planned for Amazon Park and the Spencer Butte Summit Trail.
Residents can follow the progress of projects at www.eugene-or.gov/pwprojects , or follow EugenePW on Twitter.
For regional traffic updates, including Lane Transit District's west Eugene EmX project as well as projects by the state Department of Transporation, Lane County and the cities of Eugene and Springfield, residents can visit www.keepusmoving.info .
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