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Whiteaker Road Construction Begins

WHITEAKER CONSTUCTIONEUGENE, Ore. — Expect detours if traveling through Eugene’s Whiteaker neighborhood.

Crews started construction Monday along First Avenue, and Monroe and Madison streets.

The $2.2 million project is largely funded through a bond measure voters passed two years ago.

The project manager says when construction is finished, not only will the roads be smoother but the sidewalks will be more accessible and bike lanes wider.

“It’s important that we get in here and we fix them while we can before they deteriorate to the point where we have to spend extra money to do the same amount of work,” said Chuck Mueller, project manager.

Construction’s expected to be finished by early October.

Ramp Closed onto I-5 in Eugene

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EUGENE, Ore. — Highway crews are ripping up the off-ramp from westbound Beltline to southbound Interstate 5, and that has traffic detouring onto Coburg Road.

Because the ramp to Roseburg is closed for westbound Beltline travelers, drivers have to exit at Coburg and re-enter Beltline heading east.

They can then take the southbound ramp onto I-5 and be on there way.

So far, the Coburg intersection seems to be handling the traffic well, but we’ll see how that works as we get further into the afternoon.

Crews closed the off-ramp around 9 a.m. Monday. Within minutes they were busy tearing up the existing asphalt. The project manager who said this will all wrap up Wednesday morning, when the brand-new off ramp is open for traffic.

I-5 Lanes Open for Fourth of July

I5 ConstructionCOTTAGE GROVE, Ore. — Crews will be opening all lanes of a construction zone on I-5 for drivers this holiday weekend.

The stretch south of Cottage Grove has been down to one lane as crews work on a paving project.

It’s caused major delays for drivers, prompting ODOT to issue an apology in May.

In an effort to cut down on congestion, all four lanes will be open July 3-7.

The project is scheduled to wrap up July 31.

County Seeks Input on Problem Roads

6-17 interactive mapEUGENE, Ore. — A new online interactive map is the newest way people in Lane County can provide feedback about transportation problems.

Drivers, cyclists and walkers can go onto the Lane County Transportation Planning website and add comments to the map about problem areas.

People can zoom into the exact area they have a problem with and then “like” other people’s posts or add their own.

Lane County says it’s an easy way for residents to add input on what roadwork they’d like to see done in the next 20 years.

“It’ll help us to say okay this street had 100 comments, and so we really need to pay more attention to that and make that, put to a higher level than some of the other areas that maybe have a problem with a small sidewalk,” said Anne Marie Levis, Lane County spokesperson.

To see the map, click here.

Right lane of Pearl Street closed for four weeks starting Monday due to construction

The Eugene Water and Electric Board will begin its process Monday of repairing the water main that runs under Pearl Street and between East 17th and 19th avenues, closing the right lane of Pearl Street for the next four weeks.

The left lane of traffic will remain open at all times.

Construction crews will be replacing 800 feet of the water main’s cast iron pipes with more durable ductile iron pipe after a rupture of the water main determined the current pipes were in poor condition.

 

May 30 – Morning Headlines

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    Rep. Peter DeFazio has called for a federal investigation into why multiple California refineries have closed for maintenance at the same time, and why the Cherry Point Refinery in Washington has yet to resume operations months after a fire there.
  • Delays expected during bridge construction project near Lorane
    Drivers on Territorial Highway and Gowdyville Road south of Lorane will face daytime traffic delays, road closures and detours for a state highway bridge project for two weeks beginning Monday. Daytime delays of up to 20 minutes can be expec…
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    With looming budget cuts, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office faces some major challenges. So Lane County Sheriff Tom Turner wants to let you know how you can help increase community safety and hear your ideas. He and deputies are hos…
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    The Global Formula Racing team at Oregon State University recently won for the third consecutive year at Michigan International Speedway, considered the national championship of Formula SAE racing – the only time this has ever happened.

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Tim Chuey Weather:

Three days of sunshine and warmer temperatures, then we go back to more clouds and the chance of showers.

High: 79
Low: 49
Forecast: mostly sunny.

high pressure ridge (“Arch” shape on orange line) will take over drying us out through Friday. A weak disturbance will brush the northern reaches of the area, from Portland northward, on Wednesday without causing  any precipitation in the Southern Willamette Valley. A frontal system will make landfall late Friday and Friday night returning the chance of showers just in time for the “Pre Classic” (the runners like cloudy and cool, but not much wet) on Saturday at Hayward Field and continuing through Sunday into next week.
The pollen count for the Eugene-Springfield area is:
Trees-Moderate (15)
Grass-High (84)
Data from Oregon Allergy Associates

Forecast for the Southern and lower Mid Willamette Valley including Eugene-Springfield and Albany-Corvallis: Patchy AM fog, a mix of clouds and sun today, partly cloudy tonight, a mix of clouds and sun Thursday, mostly cloudy Thursday night and Friday, then mostly cloudy with a good (50%) chance of showers Friday night highs 75-79 cooling to 72 Friday lows 49-53 cooling to 47 Friday night. Mostly cloudy with a (40%) chance of showers Saturday, a (30%) chance of showers Saturday night, a mix of clouds and sun with a slight (20%) chance of showers Sunday, partly cloudy in the evening, mostly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of showers Sunday night, a mix of clouds and sun with a (30%) chance of showers Monday through Tuesday highs 63-65 cooling to cooling to near 62 Monday and Tuesday lows 43-45. (seasonal averages high 69 low 45)

Because weather forecasting is a combination of science, intuition, and timing there can be no absolute guarantees that individual forecasts will be 100% accurate. Nature is in a constant state of flux and sudden unexpected weather events can happen.

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Neighbors Voice Road Construction Concerns

EUGENE, Ore. — A road rebuilding project and how to pay for it was at the center of a debate Monday night.

The city held a public hearing concerning a section of Jeppesen Acres Road.

About 25 people were at the meeting.

They had a chance to voice their objections and then write down remaining suggestions at the end of the meeting.

The city plans to improve the road by repaving it and installing sidewalks.

The project is estimated to cost about $1.2 million.

Homeowners would have to pick up about $700,000 of that — or $16,000 per home.

“Everybody is Eugene pays once, and the first time and only once to have their street improved to city standard,” said Eugene Public Works Public Affairs Manager Eric Jones.

“My concern is that the street is going to destroy the neighborhood. We have an old-fashioned neighborhood with a narrow street, and making it wider with only encourage more through-traffic,” said Jeppesen Acres Road resident Annie Fischer.

A city engineer will present a report to city council on May 27.

Council will then direct city staff on how it wants to proceed.

Homeowners will have the opportunity to subsidize the project with the city.

 

July 12 – Morning Headlines

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Tim Chuey Weather:

Mother Nature still doesn’t know the definition of Summer as more clouds and precipitation hang around for a while longer.

Advisories: NONE AT THIS TIME.

An upper level trough of low pressure (“U” shape) is moving through the Pacific Northwest, but a series of ripples in that flow will be followed by an even stronger low that will slide along the coast. That will keep us alternating between periods of clouds and cooler temperatures, and maybe even some light rain or drizzle, then back to some more sunshine and warming temperatures. A frontal system will be approaching the coast Saturday bringing more clouds by the end of the week.

Mostly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of showers this AM, mostly cloudy with a (40%) chance of showers this afternoon and tonight, a (30%) chance of showers Wednesday AM, a slight (20%) chance of showers in the afternoon, then just mostly cloudy Wednesday night and Thursday AM, a mix of clouds and sun Thursday afternoon, then partly cloudy Thursday night highs near 72 lows 50-47. A mix of clouds and sun and warmer Friday, mostly cloudy Friday evening, partly cloudy late Friday night, a mix of clouds and sun Saturday and Sunday, partly cloudy Saturday night, then partly cloudy Sunday night and Monday highs 75-80 lows near 50. (seasonal averages high 81 low 51)

The Pollen forecast for the Eugene/Springfield Area is for trees to be low, weeds to be moderate, and Grass to be very high. (Provided by Allergy and Asthma Research Group)

Because weather forecasting is a combination of science, intuition, and timing there can be no absolute guarantees that individual forecasts will be 100% accurate. Nature is in a constant state of flux and sudden unexpected weather events can happen.

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