Work continues on I-105, Riverfront Park, and more through pandemic

Construction projects have been carrying on through the pandemic, benefiting from reduced traffic.

Posted: May 26, 2020 7:31 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- While some industries and businesses had to shut down due to the governor's executive order, construction projects were allowed to carry on.

For some, reduced traffic has made projects easier to work on, including the Interstate 105 construction project in Eugene, which began in February.

While originally scheduled to halt during the Olympic trials this August, the project has been allowed to continue.

It's unclear if this will put the completion ahead of schedule because of the way parts of the project are timed, but Lou Torres with the Oregon Department of Transportation said it will at least be finished on time and on budget. 

"If you remember -- the plans were with the big events coming in that we were going to take a break from construction, so we didn't have too many traffic issues but now we don't have to worry about that," he said.


Another project continuing to develop is the riverfront park project.

Crews broke ground in April 2019 anticipating to be finished by summer 2021.

Now that the Track & Field World Championships aren't happening until 2022, the principal architect for the project, Emily Proudfoot, said they've had the time to slow down and work more methodically.


"I think to take the time to really develop those professional relationships with each other and really incorporate the contracting to the riverfront development team has been super valuable," Proudfoot said. "I don't know if we would have had the time to develop those relationships as much if we were working at this breakneck pace."

The Delta/Beltline interchange project which began in early 2020 is still on track and on budget, according to Torres.

This means the $20 million project should be completed by the end of 2021.

For more information on ODOT's projects, click here. 

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