Are you ready for some roadwork? 18th Avenue project starts this week

EUGENE, Ore. - Goodbye, potholes - and hello, construction delays.

A $3 million project to repair 18th Avenue between Washington and Chambers streets starts this week.

The Eugene Public Works Department awarded the contract to the low bidder, Knife River Corp.

Most of the work will be done by Knife River's Eugene-based crews and local subcontractors, the city said.

The primary sources of funding for the project include Eugene's voter-approved bond measure to fix streets and the city's local gas tax.

The work includes removing the existing concrete surface, stabilizing the subgrade with lime and cement, and constructing a new concrete roadway.

The project will also reconstruct sidewalk access ramps to meet accessibility standards.

Over the past several months, EWEB and other utilities have been working to repair or move their underground lines prior to road reconstruction.

The initial street work will focus on constructing sidewalk ramp replacements and replacing storm pipes throughout the project.

Beginning in late July, the work will shift to the actual road reconstruction, which will be done in four phases:

  • Phase 1: West end of project from the Westmoreland Park Bridge to the west side of the intersection with Tyler Street
  • Phase 2: Tyler Street to east of Jackson Street
  • Phase 3: East of Jackson Street to midway between Monroe Street and Madison Street
  • Phase 4: Midway between Monroe Street and Madison

During each phase, 18th Avenue will be fully closed, and through traffic should use 11th Avenue (for westbound traffic), 13th Avenue (for eastbound traffic), 24th Avenue or 28th Avenue.

The repair work is slated to be substantially completed by mid- to late September.

The new street will be configured much like the existing street, with one lane in each direction, a center turn lane, and bike lanes on each side.

To improve safety for all road users, parking will be removed on the south side of 18th Avenue from Friendly to Van Buren streets and on the north side from Van Buren to Polk streets, the city said. This will allow 11-foot-wide travel lanes, 6-foot-wide bike lanes and wider parking spaces where they remain.

The full width of 18th Avenue will be closed during each phase.

Through traffic traveling between Washington to Chambers Street should use the following streets as detours:

11th Avenue (westbound)
13th Avenue (eastbound)
24th Avenue
28th Avenue