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Activities for the week of May 14, 2012
  • Cleaning and restriping on Interstate 5 north and southbound lanes on the Willamette River Bridge May 14 and 15, nighttime only.
  • Pouring of the bridge side rails on the new northbound Canoe Canal Bridge continues.
  • Expect delays on pedestrian paths on the south bank of the river under I-5 as the falsework is being built.
  • Work on the closed northbound I-5 lanes north of the Canoe Canal Bridge to remove old paving material and prepare for wider roadway.
  • Pour concrete base for new sound wall northeast of the Canoe Canal Bridge.
  • Watch for construction traffic entering and exiting Franklin Boulevard east of I-5 as concrete and bridge materials are delivered.
  • Erection of the steel towers to support the falsework to form the bridge arches continues this week on the north side of the river.
  • The Canoe Canal Path under I-5 in the Whilamut Natural Area is open to all path users.
  • The I-5 northbound off-ramp to Franklin Boulevard is closed and will remain closed for up to two years.
  • The North Bank Path under I-5 is closed to all path users.
  • Watch for flaggers and expect delays on the South Bank Path as bridge construction continues.
  • Bicyclists are subject to the same rules as other motorists; this includes doubling of fines in construction zones for not obeying flaggers or riding on a closed road or path. Closures and delays are necessary for the protection and safety of people using the paths, as well as construction workers.

Future bike paths
After discussions with park staff from the cities of Springfield and Eugene, ODOT has decided to not replace the bike path south of Franklin Boulevard. Instead, we will build a new multi-use path on the north side of Franklin Boulevard, connecting to the existing path just east of the Knickerbocker Bridge. This configuration will be consistent with the adopted path plans of the cities of Eugene and Springfield.

In addition, ODOT is working with the city of Springfield to design and build a south bank viaduct to accommodate this new path. Designs are complete and the construction on the viaduct will begin late in 2012 or early 2013.

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