$4.3M repair to busy stretch of Hwy 126 starts next week

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - A $4.3 million road project on Highway 126 starts next week to repair one of the most heavily traveled routes in the Eugene-Springfield area.

Work on the 6 miles of freeway from Interstate 5 to East Main Street will mostly be done at night to avoid peak travel times, the Oregon Department of Transportation said.

ODOT plans to grind away the old asphalt, pave a new surface and reconstruct the eastbound segment of the 42nd Street interchange.

"There's some pavement out there that's 15 years or older," said Rick Little at ODOT. "We've gone in throughout the course of the years and done repairs here and there but it really needs it."

Crews will also install cable median barriers between Mohawk Boulevard and East Main, a cheaper and safer solution to concrete medians, Little said.

The project will last all spring and summer, with completion expected by the end of September.