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Hayward Field work could extend to midnight

Public comment is open until Oct. 2 over a noise variance application from the company constructing the new field.

Posted: Sep 30, 2019 5:53 PM
Updated: Nov 13, 2019 5:04 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The construction company behind the new Hayward Field is seeking approval from the city to do night work.

Records show that Hoffman Construction has filed a noise variance application with the Eugene Planning and Development Department.

In the application, Hoffman Construction said they have always anticipated a swing shift would be needed to complete the project due to the tight schedule and unique characteristics of the building. 

City officials mailed residents a notice informing them of a public comment period last Monday. The public comment period closes on Oct. 2.

If approved, the work will take place from Oct. 7 to Jan. 31, 2020 between 7 p.m. and midnight on weekdays.

University of Oregon freshman Andrew Roche lives not far from Hayward Field. He said the noise at night could make it difficult for some students.

"It could be a little bit of a hard time for kids trying to do homework or just trying to sleep in general for the incoming term," Roche said. 

Rose Sleanbeck lives on 17th Avenue and Columbia Street and can see the construction from her backyard. She said she has a 2-year-old daughter and is worried the night work could lead to less sleep. 

"Bedtime for us is eight so seven to midnight is not the best time for extra noise," Sleanbeck said. 

UO spokeswoman Kay Jarvis said according to the project team, estimated noise levels for the evening and night shifts should be minimal.

Officials with Eugene Planning and Development said they should have a decision by Friday. Hayward Field is set to be the home for the Pac-12 Championships in May 2020 and the 2020 Olympic trials in June.

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