The Big Corvallis Snow Melt

CORVALLIS, Ore. —  The snow is starting to melt in Corvallis, which means all the main streets in town are pretty clear, but Public Works crews are keeping an eye out for minor flooding. The Public Works Department says crews are now working on plowing streets in residential areas. “We have been plowing continuously for … Continue reading »

Ice Causes Problems for Public Works

EUGENE, Ore. — Eugene Public Works said the freezing rain caused a mess out on the roads. Crews sanded and plowed priority routes throughout the day, but they can no longer use de-icer because it doesn’t work in the rain. While crews tried to clear the roads, they’re asking drivers to wait out the storm … Continue reading »

Cities Clean Up After Storm

EUGENE/SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Local utility and public works crews say the first big storm of the season wasn’t so bad. While the weekend did see a few downed trees and outages here and there, both the cities of Springfield and Eugene say the damage, if any, was mild. In Springfield, public works only got one … Continue reading »

Public Works Prepares for Storm

EUGENE, Ore. — With winds and rain heading this way, public works crews in Eugene said they are working to prevent flooding. Crews said their main focus is collecting leaves and cleaning up some sand left on the roads after last months snowstorm. Public works said community members can help prevent localized flooding by making … Continue reading »

$100 K Bill For Corvallis Snow Cleanup

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Public Works Department of Corvallis spent about $100,000 during last week’s storm – a large dent in its annual budget. Corvallis saw snow on the ground for a week, but as Mary Steckel, the Public Works Director explains, it was a dry snow that became compact when stepped or driven on. … Continue reading »

Road Plowing Questions Answered

EUGENE, Ore. — Almost a week after snow covered the Willamette Valley viewers are wondering why many roads haven’t been plowed. KEZI 9 News took viewer questions to the Eugene Public Works Incident Commander, Chris Girard. Girard says crews have been working 12-hour shifts to clear priority routes. He says the extreme cold weather is … Continue reading »

Corvallis Leaf Cleanup Campaign

CORVALLIS, Ore. — The Public Works Department says leaves can become a source of water pollution, and it is asking residents not to place leaves in the streets. The vibrant fall colors are appearing everywhere throughout the Willamette Valley. But as those leaves fall, they start turning brown, and yard-owners are starting to get rid … Continue reading »

Police Launch Campaign for Road Safety

EUGENE, Ore. — The foot traffic is heavy every day downtown and at the University of Oregon. That’s why Eugene Police hit those busy streets with one message Tuesday. “There are certain rules out there that everybody has to abide by, and whether you’re a pedestrian, bicyclists or vehicle operator, if you abide by those … Continue reading »

Kids Try Out Jobs on Public Works Day

EUGENE, Ore. — The city of Eugene rolled out its big trucks and tractors for its 26th annual Public Works Day Thursday. Hundreds of kids headed to Roosevelt yard for a hands on lesson in what it takes to maintain the city. Armed with a safety vest, they went on a tour of what it … Continue reading »

Public Works Enforces Sign Code

EUGENE, Ore. – The warm weather during the past couple of weeks has caused an influx of illegally placed signs. Lane County Public Works reminds residents to be aware of their garage, estate and yard sale signs as it prepares for roadside maintenance activities. Improperly placed signs could interfere with maintenance work. They can also be … Continue reading »

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