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EWEB water storage construction will impact local traffic

by the East 40th Water Storage Project Team

Beginning the week of July 5, 2022, an EWEB contractor will excavate a series of small holes to locate underground utilities from 34th and Hilyard to the construction area south of 40th and Patterson.

This survey work is necessary to design and construct the 36-inch water pipe that will eventually deliver water from the new storage tanks to homes and businesses throughout Eugene.

The utility location work will last about two weeks and will primarily take place Monday and Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., however intermittent work may occur outside of these hours if necessary.

What to expect

  • Construction trucks, flaggers, lane closures, and restricted street parking for this stretch of Patterson, East 40th, and Hilyard, including along Tugman Park
  • Loud equipment noise
  • Possible delays for cars leaving or entering residences along the route

Once the survey work begins, the contractor will make every effort to maintain access to the street and driveways, but residents might experience delays coming and going.

Construction of the pipeline will cause additional traffic impacts during the spring-summer of 2023.

Additional updates

The excavation and tank subgrade preparation stages of work are nearly complete. The large excavation equipment will leave the site within a couple of weeks.

The tank construction contractor Skaar Construction, Inc. will arrive onsite with a crane and other equipment at the end of June.

Expect an increase in truck traffic as deliveries of rebar and piping arrive starting the week of June 27.

In early July, work will begin on installing forms and rebar for the inlet/outlet piping that will be encased in concrete under the floor slab.

Rockhounds treated to geology tour

In early June, a group of retired people interested in learning about the geological history of Oregon contacted Project Manager Laura Farthing. Initially, the group was hoping to get a rock from the site so they could study it as part of a lesson in the origin of Eugene’s south hills. But Laura, who has a background in construction, civil engineering and environmental studies, can’t resist the chance to “nerd out” with anyone who is curious about the site. So she invited the group for a tour!

“Hands down one of the best parts of my job is engaging with community members who share an interest in science, infrastructure and environmental issues,” said Laura. “Special thanks to site neighbor Jim for coming out to the tour and sharing all of his knowledge of geology and the site–he was really the expert in the room.”

Contact us with questions

If you have questions or input, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the project team at 541-685-7899 or Email messages sent to this address will reach:

Laura Farthing, Project Manager/Senior Civil Engineer
Jen Connors, Communications Supervisor
Jeannine Parisi, Customer Relationship Manager
Wally McCullough, Water Engineering Supervisor

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