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Hilyard repairs promise to annoy.

Byline: Diane Dietz The Register-Guard

Amazon Pool enthusiasts may have to take the long way around this summer because the city is going to rebuild Hilyard Street.

That means the parents of as many as 8,000 squirming youngsters each week will have to detour as they negotiate a new route to - or from - the popular summer destination.

It'll be an additional inconvenience for people who live along or nearby Hilyard or who drive to the university or downtown from Lane Community College or far south Eugene.

But city officials say the $2 million project is important, and that closing the street is the quickest way to get the job done.

During phase one, beginning Monday and lasting to approximately Aug. 1, street builders will close Hilyard from 13th to 18th avenues. The closure includes the cross-street intersections.

Phase two, from about Aug. 2 to about Sept. 5, will redo between 18th and 24th avenues, including the intersections.

Drivers can use High Street as an alternate when the first section is closed and Amazon Parkway during construction of the second.

Bus riders, too, will be inconvenienced. Coming from the south on Hilyard, Bus 28 will detour west on 18th Avenue and go eight blocks to High Street before continuing north. Riders are advised to get off before the turn and walk if they are traveling to the closed section of Hilyard.

The project, being carried out by Wildish Construction, will remove three inches of asphalt, six inches of concrete and then as much as two feet of clay. All that will be left will be the curbs hanging on either side of the hollow roadbed.

All of it has to go because road builders in the 1950s built on the clay, which soaks up water and expands. That's undermining the existing road.

"It's pretty banged up. It has a lot of potholes," said city Project Manager Steve Gallup.

Wildish will saw the old road inside the curbs, smash it with a backhoe and load it onto dump trucks. The trucks will return to the road with at least 7,000 tons of asphalt and 10,000 tons of gravel.

"Yeah, there'll be a little noise involved," Gallup said.

Work hours will be 7 a.m.-7 p.m., he said. The finished road will rest on a sturdy, two-foot base of gravel topped with 10 inches of asphalt.

City staff figure it's best to close Hilyard entirely, rather than keep it open during construction with one lane of traffic.

Keeping one lane open would stretch out the project for an additional two months, and be more expensive because of additional traffic control costs and the need for temporary paving, Gallup told the City Council in a memo.

Three local aggregate-supplying companies vied to build the road. Eugene Sand & Gravel and Morse Brothers submitted bids, but Wildish came in with the low bid.
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Title Annotation:Government; Commuters can expect some inconveniences during the street reconstruction
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Jun 17, 2006
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