Breaking ground on Eugene's new VA Outpatient Clinic

EUGENE, Ore. -- Hundreds showed up to the groundbreaking ceremony for Eugene's long-anticipated Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic.

The existing primary care facility on River Ave. serves close to 10,000 of Lane County's veterans. Any of those patients that need surgeries are being referred to hospitals in Roseburg or Portland.

The new 100,000 square-foot facility will be fitted to handle surgeries, podiatry, dental care, and a host of other services. Officials expect to care for closer to 16,000 veterans when the Eugene Outpatient Health Care Center is built on the corner of Chad Dr. and Old Coburg Rd.

"This is going to bring in more providers, we will have shorter waits for our vets, we are going to have more specialists," said Ore. Congressman Peter Defazio.

They anticipate that number will grow over the next 20 years as more veterans in the surrounding area start to transition to the new facility.

Senators Jeff Merkely & Ron Wyden joined Congressman Defazio as guests of honor at the event.

Developers expect the project to be completed by the summer of 2015. The project should cost over $60 million to complete.