Eugene drivers prepare for on-ramp closure

The southbound Delta Highway and Valley River Center on-ramp to westbound I-105 will close completely for eight weeks of construction.

Posted: Mar 1, 2020 6:46 PM
Updated: Mar 2, 2020 10:39 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- A busy on-ramp leading to downtown Eugene is set close for nearly two months as the Oregon Department of Transportation continues to make repairs and improvements to I-105.

Starting on Wednesday, the southbound Delta Highway and Valley River Center on-ramp to westbound I-105 will close completely for eight weeks of construction. The ramps are scheduled to reopen at the end of April.

The closure is part of an $18 million project to make improvements to I-105.

Brent Johnson lives in west Eugene and works near the Valley River Center. He said the closure will turn his drive home into a headache.

"There is really nothing I can do, just maybe find a different way or deal with it I guess," Johnson said.

To get around, drivers going south on Delta Highway will take the Valley River Center exit. They will need to turn left to get over the highway, then take Country Club Road to get back on I-105 west.

ODOT is urging drivers to not only know before they go by using tripcheck.com, but also consider using the bus, carpooling, or walking or biking to avoid traffic woes.

Driver Donovan Johnson said he's worried about even more traffic on Coburg Road and is worried the closure could mean less people going downtown.

"It's going to get harder downtown. There is not much access as it is," Johnson said.

The full I-105 project is set to be completed in 2021.

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