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Construction is underway on a 36-inch water transmission pipeline and 24-inch storm drain replacement on Hilyard Street between E. 33rd Ave. and Patterson Street. The project will connect the new E. 40th water storage tanks to the water transmission system near 33rd Ave. and will upgrade nearly one mile of existing drinking water pipe.

The transmission main is constructed out of welded steel, which is one of the most seismically robust materials available and can have a lifespan of over 100 years. The project will also replace and improve stormwater piping along Hilyard Street.

This phase of construction is expected to take approximately 2-3 months to complete.

What to expect:

* Local residents and businesses will have access during construction, but travelers should expect traffic delays and detours, including sidewalk and bike lane closures on the stretch of Hilyard between Dillard Road and East 36th Avenue.

* There will be intermittent, temporary loud noises, road closures, truck traffic, heavy equipment, and other impacts that are part and parcel with digging up the road to install new water pipes.

* If work is occurring in front of your driveway, there may be temporary delays in getting in or out. Please plan accordingly.

* Some limited water outages are anticipated during work hours and you will be notified in advance before water service is interrupted.

This project started in September 2023 and is expected to take about a year, including construction of new pipelines, manholes and hydrants, inspection and flushing of the new water mains, backfilling, and restoration. Work is being done in coordination with planned City of Eugene road reconstruction of Hilyard Street scheduled for summer 2024. Our commitment to you is to complete the work as quickly and safely as possible. We very much appreciate your patience and understanding as we complete this critical work!

Jen Connors (she/her)

Communications Supervisor

Eugene Water & Electric Board


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