This just in from Lee Shoemaker, City of Eugene Bike/Ped Coordinator:
Below is a news release from ODOT regarding path delays on the North Bank Path between Delta Hwy and the North Bank Restaurant next Wednesday, 5/18. The best route next Wednesday is the South Bank Path between 6 am and 5 pm.
Hazard tree removal to create delays on a Eugene ped/bike path
EUGENE- Bike and pedestrian travel on the North Bank Path of Eugene’s Ruth Bascom Riverbank Trail system will be delayed Wednesday, May 18, 2011 when a contractor for ODOT tops and falls seven hazard trees on ODOT Right of Way that threaten I-105.
The affected section of the North Bank Path is located south of I-105, between the DeFazio Ped/Bike Bridge on the east and the Greenway Ped/Bike Bridge on the west. The trees currently stand between mile point .75 and 1.25 of the North Bank Path.
From 6 a.m. until 5 p.m. on May 18, the contractor will need to place equipment on the path which will create 15-20 minute delays for bicyclists and pedestrians. Travelers on the path may prefer to take the South Bank Path during the construction period or be prepared for delays. Flaggers will be located on the path to control travel during the construction period.
Of the seven trees, two will remain where they fall for habitat enhancement. The remaining five trees will be limbed and topped and will remain standing for wildlife habitat. Limbs and debris will be removed from the area.
Map of area: