EUGENE, Ore. -- A project that could have a big impact on your morning commute was set to begin Monday.
The Interstate 105 6th Avenue on-ramp will close Monday, May 20, for about 4 weeks, officials with ODOT said.
One lane will close on the 7th Avenue/Washington Street on-ramp for the first 10 days. Officals said to expect delays in the construction area and on alternate routes that people will be taking throughout the community.
Steve Templin, an engineer with ODOT said commuters have options.
"You can go down to Coburg road," Templin said. "Our official detour is west chambers and then coming back on 7th Street and that's because it accommodates trucks."
Templin said the full closure is needed to replace concrete slabs, bridge rail and bridge joints, and to resurface the ramp.
In March, a planned closure was delayed to rework schedules and ensure the least amount of impact to travelers. ODOT officials said they worked with the project design engineering firm and the contractor and developed a streamlined construction plan that significantly reduces the number and duration of ramp closures.
Officials said drivers should expect lane closures and shifts in traffic patterns in the construction work zone. Slow down, pay attention, and keep your mind on the drive.
The I-105 (Washington/Jefferson Street Bridge) Bridge Preservation Project is bringing bridges and ramps between Delta Highway and downtown Eugene up to current standards.
Work includes new bridge rail, deck paving, seismic retrofits, joint replacements, lights and other repairs. The $18 million project is scheduled to be completed in 2021.