EUGENE, Ore. -- The Delta/Beltline Interchange project is now entering its final stages with traffic lights on Delta Highway expected to go live on June 10.
Lane County residents said they are excited to see the changes.
“This area of Eugene is pretty much the only way to get to the other side of town,” Lane County resident James Shugart said.
Some residents have expressed frustration with using the highways in the past.
“I try to avoid this route at certain times because I know it’s not going to be efficient," Lane County resident Whitney Mombert said.
Oregon Department of Transportation workers have been making progress on this project since December 2019.
"We've seen accidents on the Southeast loop ramp of people trying to get off and people trying to get on," ODOT project manager Shane Prohaska said.
ODOT officials said the main purpose of the project is to improve safety.
“We have a lot of conflicts, especially right here where people enter Delta Highway and that’s why this ramp is going to go away,” ODOT spokesperson Angela Beers-Sydel said.
Officials also said the reconstruction of the interchange is to account for future population growth.
But the improvements to the interchange won't have any impact on traffic moving from Delta Highway to River Road, officials said. The Delta Highway to River Road project is in the environmental stages but there’s not enough money to begin work on it, they said.
“Unfortunately, there’s no funding to do the construction. So, what we want to do is get all of the studies ready so when we do find funding, we can move forward,” said Beers-Sydel.
ODOT expects to complete the entire interchange project by August 2021.