Eugene's North and West Bank bike paths to undergo closures and construction
EUGENE, Ore. (KMTR) -- While roadwork headaches continue for many drivers across Eugene, some new construction pains are getting ready to start up for bicyclists and pedestrians, too, on alternative transit pathways.
There are a total of five different bike path projects happening this summer throughout Eugene, with two of the biggest are set to start up very soon.
One of those projects is on the West Bank Bike Path. Come Monday, August 27, 2012, crews will close the path from the Greenway Bike Bridge by Valley River Center (in Maurie Jacobs Park) to Stephens Drive by Rasor Park.
Crews will overlay new concrete on the current asphalt surface and widen the whole trail to twelve feet.
The project will close a little more than half-mile stretch of the West Bank Bike Path for seven to eight weeks.
“It's safe, it's smooth, it's easy to maintain and that's what we're going to do here, that's what we're going to do on the north bank path and that's what we've already done, pretty much completed the work on Fern Ridge Path between Chambers and Arthur Streets,” says Eric Jones, a spokesman for Eugene Public Works.
The other bike path project will target the North Bank Bike Path. Crews will work on a stretch there from the DeFazio Bike Bridge to Leisure Lane, a small road in Alton Baker Park.
Crews are replacing two-thirds of a mile of asphalt with concrete on the North Bank Bike Path. Construction should take one to two months on that project.
The $1 million North Bank path work is being paid for with City of Eugene and Federal government funding. The West Bank project is being paid for with $350,000 from Eugene’s 2008 road bond measure.
For more info on the West Bank Bike Path project, click the following link: http://www.keepusmoving.info/?q=node/23.
For more info on the North Bank Bike Path project, click the following link: http://www.keepusmoving.info/?q=node/28.