EUGENE, Ore. — Part of the Beltline in Eugene is labeled as one of the worst roadways in the state, but improvements are still years away.
ODOT is looking to improve the area. It’s now six years into a major road facility plan.
The two big things to note–drivers won’t see any improvements for another 10 to 15 years, and right now there isn’t money for construction.
The area in question is Beltline, between Coburg Road and River Road.
ODOT says this is an area with a high crash rate, and it wasn’t built for the level of traffic out there today.
A senior planner with ODOT told Eugene city councilors Wednesday there are three concepts it wants to move forward into the National Environmental Policy Act. That is a more detailed environmental analysis.
So in the meantime, Savannah Crawford, ODOT Senior Region Planner says, “you might see some ramp extensions happening over the next 5 to 10 years. You might see some intersection reconfigurations. We don’t quite know yet, but there are some fixes we can examine.”
Ultimately, ODOT will need adoption of the plan by the city.
Councilor Mike Clark expressed a little frustration with how long this project is going to take, but says it really comes down to when the state and federal funding is available.
Watch KEZI 9 News tonight at 6 p.m. for more on this developing story.