Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Also on Nov. 2nd: Dedication Event Marks Completion of Improvements on East 18th Avenue

A dedication event on Friday, Nov. 2, will mark the successful completion of improvements on East 18th Avenue between Agate and Alder streets. The dedication begins at 12:30 p.m. adjacent to Hayward Field in the vicinity of Emerald Street.

The $1.1 million project began in early July and included repaving the street, constructing pedestrian and bicycle improvements, and installing “green” stormwater facilities. The project was designed and managed by the Eugene Public Works Department, and the work was done by Eugene Sand & Gravel as the general contractor on the job.

The work included installing parking bays, reconstructing the north curb line and sidewalk between University and Agate streets to provide better pedestrian passage, and building vegetated stormwater swales. Travel lanes were reduced in width and bicycle lanes were added on both sides of the street. As part of the City’s pavement preservation program, 18th Avenue was repaved from Agate to Hilyard streets, Agate Street was repaved from 13th to 22nd avenues, and the intersection of 19th Avenue and Agate Street was reconstructed.

As part of the project, Eugene Tree Foundation volunteers planted 41 new street side trees along the north side of 18th Avenue. These new trees and landscaping features, plus the wider sidewalks and bike lanes, help to fulfill a goal of improving the environment for walking and bicycling along this busy section of 18th Avenue. The project also is part of a community-wide effort to prepare for the Olympic Trials in Eugene next summer.

Members of the public are invited to attend the event. Light refreshments will be served.

If you have questions, please Matt Rodrigues, Project Manager, 541-682-6036


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