LANE COUNTY, Ore. (KMTR) - The snow stopped falling Wednesday but the roads remained slick after the storm, leaving some drivers in a frenzy.
Oregon State Police told NewsSource 16 they were very busy Wednesday and Thursday responding to accidents and rescuing cars from ditches, but that they didn't have a final incident tally.
Lane County officials worked through the night trying to recover from the spring snow storm and prepare for the weekend. Overnight, plows, de-icers and sanders were sent out. Into the morning, reports of wet roads and spots of black ice continued to come in.
Specifically in Eugene, public works said they are still assessing on-street bike lanes but said they are in fact making progress.
Springfield said the majority of their focus is on tree damage. They will then turn to damages blocking traffic and later they will worry about sidewalks.
For ODOT, crews had widespread concern about major arteries as they continued to clean up highways across the Willamette Valley.
"The roads are sanded and we've got de-icers out; they're looking quite a bit better than they did yesterday," said Eric Alexander from ODOT. "Everything will be quite saturated -according to the weather forecast it's supposed to be drying out, so I think we'll look good for the weekend."
Alexander said ODOT crews have collected plenty of overtime trying to make things easier on the Willamette Valley post-storm.
For now, main roads have priority. Side-streets and residential neighborhoods will come second.
Crews are also dealing with drainage problems. Eugene Public Works said street sweeping will ramp up right before the weekend as they expect some local flooding.
ODOT recommends drivers stay cautious through the weekend because of the possibility for black ice and falling trees.