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It’s been two and a half years since a fierce winter storm so saturated the ground that a stretch of Big Creek Road, between Frank Wade Park and Big Creek Park, tumble down a 60′ embankment, to the creek below. Since then the road has been blocked to all vehicular traffic because most of the road is gone in a couple of spots. But it has been a delightful adopted pathway for dog walkers and hikers who don’t mind not having to share the road…or what’s left of it.
A Eugene construction company got the winning bid on the project at around $500,000 – even though the estimated cost was originally set at $750,000. So, it’ll wind up that the city won’t have to put any money into it since FEMA is covering it along with another grant.
City Public Works Director Tim Gross says the company will be armoring the uphill side of the road and shoring up the downhill side. However, in the end, it’ll go back to being a fairly narrow road with turnouts to let other cars by. It will also remain a gravel road.
Neighbors in the Big Creek area have been somewhat uncomfortable since the road slumped out in that they have only one way out of their neighborhood – Big Creek to 31st or 36th. They say it’ll be easier for them to have an additional escape route in the event of an emergency, whether fire, flood or earthquake.
Again, Big Creek Road should be restored to its original condition, with fortifications on both sides, by the end of October.