EUGENE, Ore. -- A new phase of construction on I-105 has begun with traffic going out of Eugene moving to the right side of eastbound lanes on Friday.
“What we're doing is removing the other side," said Angela Beers-Seydel, the Public Information Officer for Oregon Department of Transportation. "So to remove the west side of the bridge, we need to move traffic over to the new east side roadway."
Construction will change traffic lanes again on Monday night.
“This really is a bridge preservation project, it's three different areas of I-105 where the bridge is needed to be seismically upgraded, they need new pavement and they needed new guard rails,” said Beers Seydel.
Starting Tuesday, there will be two westbound lanes going into Eugene - adding another lane to ease the merge at the southbound Delta Highway ramp.
“That's been a merge point, that's been a point when traffic slows down so this should help keep traffic moving a little more smoothly through that area now,” said beers Seydel.
These upgrades are part of the $18 million project that plans to give drivers a safer and faster way to get around when construction is complete in 2021.
"We did a lot of preparation work for this while we were working on the east side of the bridge and so the west side of the bridge should go quite a bit faster,” said Beers Seydel.
This setup will stay this way for the next six weeks.
"We hope that everybody slows down, takes a few extra minutes and be extra cautious while everyone's getting used to this change,” said Beers Seydel.
A reminder to plan ahead of time and stay safe as construction continues.