Major road construction projects in Oregon will be suspended for about three weeks next month. This is due to the expected influx of visitors for the world track championships in Eugene in mid-July.
ODOT’s Cooper Brown told state lawmakers on Wednesday that the temporary pause was to keep traffic flowing as much as possible.
“We were able to plan ahead because we knew this event was coming,” he said. “So we’ve been able to stagger our work. And we’ll be able to keep most of our projects in their original schedule, so minimal implications in terms of getting those projects done. But they’ll be on pause in our main lanes at across the state.
Due to limited hotel availability, many spectators will travel daily from outlying towns to Eugene during the event.
ODOT adds additional bus service between Portland and Eugene. The buses make stops in several towns along the way, including Salem and Albany, eventually dropping off passengers in front of Hayward Field.
No additional passenger train service is planned beyond the current twice-daily Cascades and once-daily Coast Starlight trains, both of which make stops in Eugene and Portland.
Brown said shuttle options will be available from Eugene Airport, which is not currently serviced by public transportation.
This will be the first time the world championships are held in the United States, and Eugene is the smallest city to ever host.