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EUGENE, Ore. -- Over the next five weekends, Oregon Department of Transportation crews will be repaving and repairing sections of Randy Pape Beltline.
The work will start at 9 p.m. on Fridays and continue until 5 a.m. on Mondays to make it as easy as possible on drivers and safer for crews.
During the closures, both directions of traffic will flow on one side of Beltline, and the speed limit will be reduced to 40 mph.
The first two weekends, crews will repave and stripe the highway from Roosevelt to west of Highway 99. They will close the west and eastbound ramps.
During the third and fourth weekends, crews will work on the highway from west of Highway 99 to Northwest Expressway. Drivers should plan on the ramps being closed near the construction.
The final weekend, of Aug. 17, crews will just work in the westbound lanes from Northwest Expressway to River Road.
"They'll be some weekends of pain, but when we get done in there, we're done,” said Steve Teplin, ODOT project manager. “So, it will be pretty amazing for the public to drive over there on Friday afternoon on the way home from work and it's in really bad shape and then Monday morning on the way to work it will be all brand new."
He said crews started working on the Beltline last May, and most of the bridge work is now done.
They should finish up the work by October.
ODOT officials also wanted to let people know they will start nighttime construction this Sunday on Oregon 126 from Cornerstone Drive in Veneta to Terry Street in Eugene. They said it will continue Sundays through Thursdays from 7 p.m. until 6 a.m.