Delta Highway Closures Continue

Still0819_00000EUGENE, Ore. – Another round of closures is scheduled the week on Delta Highway as construction of a new bridge at Goodpasture Island Road continues.

The northbound lanes from the Goodpasture Island Road off-ramp to the on-ramp will be closed Tuesday night from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Northbound traffic can get around the construction zone by using the off-ramps and on-ramps at Goodpasture Island Road.

The southbound lanes of Delta Highway from Beltline to the Goodpasture Island Road off-ramp will be closed Wednesday, October 1, from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. and Monday, October 6, from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.

During all three nights, Goodpasture Island Road will be reduced to one lane with traffic controllers in place.

EmX Construction Begins

EmX-BusEUGENE, Ore. – The Eugene Water and Electric Board began relocating water mains Sunday night in preparation of the west Eugene EmX extension project.

Construction started on west 7th Avenue from Madison Street to Charnelton Street. Crews will also be working on west 7th Avenue between Garfield Street and Chambers Street.

The work will take place from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Sundays through Thursdays for the next four months.

EWEB crews warn the equipment could be noisy. Drivers should also expect partial lane closures of west 7th Avenue over the next few months.

Donald Street Closures for Repaving

Major Road Construction Begins This WeekEUGENE, Ore. – Motorist should be prepared for the closure of a local road this week for repaving.

Drivers on Donald Street from 46th Avenue to Fox Hollow Road should prepare for closed travel lanes and detours for the next several days during daytime construction hours.

Paving work Wednesday through Friday will close Donald Street to northbound traffic. Northbound traffic can use Fox Hollow Road as an alternate route.

Over the weekend, all lanes will be open for traffic. But on Monday and Tuesday, paving will resume, closing the street to southbound traffic. Southbound traffic can use Fox Hollow Road as an alternate route.

For more information on this and other area road projects, click here.

Springfield Man Arrested on Multiple Sex Charges

Springfield OR – John Edward Marks has been arrested and charged with sex crimes two separate times now by the Springfield Area Command.  Below is a list of the charges as they appear on the Lane County Sheriff’s jail website complete with dates.

According to, Mr. Marks is the owner of John Marks Construction in Springfield Oregon.

John Edward Marks

John Edward Marks


* sex abuse in the first degree – 8/12/14

* sexual penetration in the first degree – 8/12/14

* sexual penetration in the second degree – 8/12/14

* rape in the second degree – 8/12/14

* sex abuse in the first degree – 8/21/14

* sex abuse in the first degree – 8/21/14


*please check with the Lane County Jail for accuracy of charges

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State Board Warns About Paving Scammers

pavementEUGENE, Ore. — Property owners in rural Lane County are being warned to watch out for paving scammers.

The Construction Contractors Board, the state agency that licenses contractors, says paving scammers may be at work in rural Lane County.

The CCB says a Marcola property owner was approached earlier this year with a offer to pave his driveway. It says a investigation in under way.

The board says property owners should be wary of people who come to their doorstep with “extra asphalt” they offer in a deal. It says legitimate contractors typically don’t solicit work door-to-door.

If anyone contacts you for paving you didn’t ask for, call the CBC at 503-378-4621.

Springfield Bridge Work Begins Monday

4-27 springfield bridgeSPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Drivers who cross the Willamette River on Main Street in Springfield  might want to take a different route during the next two days. Starting Monday traffic will go down to a single lane on the Westbound bridge.

ODOT crews will be inspecting the bridge. Then, Thursday night from 9:00 p.m. until 4:00 a.m. Friday the Westbound bridge will be shutdown overnight for roadwork.

Eastbound traffic will not be impacted by these closures.

Road Construction Continues

Still0421_00000EUGENE, Ore. — Roadwork will begin on a section of 13th Avenue in west Eugene, Monday.

Construction crews will repair sidewalks first and then move onto repaving the street.

From now until July, crews will work between Polk and Washington streets. In July, they’ll work between Garfield and Polk streets.

Road Repair Season Begins

Major Road Construction Begins This WeekEUGENE, Ore. —   Road repair season is now underway, and the City of Eugene wants people to be aware of all the projects planned for the next few months.

There are 17 projects planned in all. The first will take place on Goodpasture Loop, where utility crews are already prepping the road for work.

These repairs are necessary because the two storms we had over this winter caused a lot of damage to the roads. The city says it’s less expensive to fix them now, rather than waiting until later. If they wait, they run the risk that they will become so deteriorated that they’d have to be completely reconstructed.

“Its just important to keep track of the project progress because they are happening all over town,” says Jenifer Willer, the city’s Pavement Preservation Program Manager. “Be patient, and prepared to deal with construction.”

The biggest repair project will be paving work on 13th Avenue, between Garfield to Washington. That will be broken up into two phases, so it won’t interfere with the Lane County Fair.

Most of the repairs will be done during the day. The total cost for all the projects is $9.5 million. Funding comes from a bond measure and Eugene’s local gas tax.

Springfield Bridge to be Repaired

springfield bridgeSPRINGFIELD, Ore. — The historic Willamette River Bridge in Springfield is about to get a facelift, and ODOT wants to let drivers know about some scheduled closures and delays coming up.

Commonly called the Springfield bridge, it’s located on the west end of Springfield, and is part of Main Street and OR 126B. Repair work will only affect the westbound bridge, and not the eastbound lanes headed into Springfield on A Street.

Over the years, corrosion and rust has damaged the bridge, so ODOT crew plans to repair and replace some of the steel.

There will be three complete closures of the bridge. The first is Monday, February 24. The bridge will close at 9:00 p.m. and then reopen on Tuesday, February 25 at 4:00 a.m.  The bridge will also completely close during that same time frame on the evenings of Thursday, April 3, and Thursday, May 15.

Construction on the bridge will last through June, with crews working Mondays through Thursdays, between 7:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Motorists should expect some delays, with occasional lane closures. The sidewalks will be closed frequently during this time.

Lane closures mark the start of summer construction on Alder and Hilyard streets

You know summer has arrived in this city when construction crews start tearing it up.

Hilyard Street, between 13th Avenue and Broadway, will be under construction beginning July 15, with one open lane for cars. Alder Street, from 18th to 24th avenues, has been clogged with construction crews since July 10. The dual maintenance projects in the West University neighborhood are scheduled to begin this week, and continue until some time in September (Though students are likely blind to construction at this point with so many campus buildings in scaffolding.)

Spearheaded by the city’s Pavement Preservation Project, the idea behind both projects is to find streets that have worn down over the years and give them a tune-up.

“Think about it like the roof on your house. You could just leave it and wait for it to fall apart and put in a whole new one,” said Jenifer Willer, manager of the project. “Or you could re-shingle every 10 or 15 years, those kind of things.”

Both construction projects are funded through a 2008 proposal to levy property taxes to repave roads, divvying up $35.8 million initially and being recouped for another $42 million in 2011. Though Hilyard Street has seen better days, Alder has needed a facelift for some time according to cyclists. A popular thoroughfare connecting campus with neighborhoods to the south, complaints from cyclists did weigh in for repaving.

“We heard from a lot of cyclists that the road was very poor and so that added weight to doing the Alder street project sooner than later,” said Eric Jones, Public Affairs Manager. There won’t be any new bike lanes or structural changes to the street, but brand new road and clearer markings, called ‘sharrows,’ to help cars realize they’re driving on a road heavy on bike traffic, yet too small to accommodate a bike lane.

“They’ll help communicate to drivers and cyclists where they should be within the roadway,” said Reed Dunbar, Bicycle and Pedestrian Planner for the city. “And the existing bike lanes on Hilyard will be widened.”