Project developers with the city of Eugene said they have to shut down the highway to use cranes to install the support beams.
They’re expanding the bridge to get ready for increased traffic flows once the Riverwalk Apartment complex is complete. While project developers said it’s normal to reconstruct some areas when there’s a major development, work of this nature is pretty uncommon.
“We did have significant capacity issues here and a lot of traffic backups and that required adding turn lanes, and that required us going back over the bridge. So this is a little unique, but it’s not uncommon to have some traffic related mitigations for a specific development,” said Scott Gillespie, city of Eugene civil engineer.
The area that’ll be impacted by the closure, southbound Delta Highway from the Beltline to Goodpasture Island Road. The ramp from Eastbound Beltline to Southbound Delta Highway will be closed.
Westbound traffic on Delta will have to exit at Goodpasture Island Road and re-enter on the on-ramp. The on-ramp from Goodpasture to Delta Southbound will stay open.
The highway closes at 7:00 p.m. and will reopen at 6:00 a.m. Wednesday. Motorists should expect delays.
In a few months, the highway will be closed again at night to finish the bridge project. Developers said the project will be complete by November.