Lane County closures and delays for Wednesday due to winter weather

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With Lane County getting several inches of snow earlier this week, bus routes, power and other spaces were affected, and some have been resolved. The National Weather Service said to expect even more snow tonight: one to two inches for the Eugene area.

Eugene Public Works crews worked through the night to clear streets, focusing on designated snow routes, pushing snow and spreading sand, according to a tweet. However, people should still expect snow-packed roads throughout Eugene, and potential for ice patches.

Latest local weather updates: Oregon winter storm warning: Snow blankets Eugene, Lane County; more snow expected Monday

Here's the running list of closures, delays and outages in the area. This will be updated as new information becomes available.

Wednesday, Dec. 29:

  • Eugene Water & Electric worked to restore 220 customers' power in the area of Holden Creek along the McKenzie River early Wednesday morning, a little after 12:30 a.m. All outages from Monday night have been resolved, according to EWEB spokesman Joe Harwood.

  • In north Florence, 458 people were reported to have power outages Wednesday morning, according to the Central Lincoln Public Utility District. It was reported in the area of 32nd Street and Highway 101 a little before 8 a.m., and the cause is unknown.

  • The U.S. District Court building in Eugene remained closed on Wednesday. Those in need of assistance with pending cases, contact info for specific chambers, or updates on weather closures, it's online at ord.uscourts.gov.

  • The Lane County waste management transfer stations at Vida (43843 McKenzie Highway) and Oakridge (48977 Kitson Springs Road) reopened at noon Wednesday.

  • Thompson Creek Road, west of Swisshome, is closed from Oregon Route 36 (milepost zero) to milepost 4.4 due to multiple trees falling over it Wednesday afternoon. It is expected to reopen on Jan. 7 after trees are cleared, according to a Lane County flash alert. An alternative route is highway 36 to Indian Creek Road.

Tuesday, Dec. 28:

Outages

  • Eugene Peoples Utility District reported multiple scattered outages of people across the county still affected on Tuesday, and expect continued outages. Crews worked overnight to make repairs and restore power, the district shared on Twitter. "This morning, we have crews dispatched to work on Cottage Grove Lorane Road, Hill Road, Boiler Creek Road, and other Marcola areas."

  • Eugene Water & Electric Board worked to restore hundreds of customers' power through Monday night. As of Tuesday morning at about 10 a.m., there were no reported outages in Eugene, the outage map showed. There were a few customers up the McKenzie area that showed outages.

Closures and delays

  • Lane Council of Governments: All LCOG, Senior and Disability Services offices, and Senior Meal sites are closed.

  • Lane Transit District: LTD started the day with all routes on snow detours, but at about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, LTD lifted many of those. Now, snow detours only remain on Routes 91, 92, and 98. The LTD Connector in Cottage Grove is not operating. For the latest bus route updates, people can sign up for LTD bus service alerts at ltd.org/service-alerts-snow, follow LTD on Twitter @LaneTransit or go to the district’s website at ltd.org.

  • River Road Park and Recreation: Winter Break Camp and Gymnastics Camp are canceled. Fitness Center and Pool are tentatively scheduled to open at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

  • Springfield public buildings and services: Modified hours through Thursday, Dec. 30 due to inclement weather. Springfield City Hall will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Springfield Public Library and Springfield Municipal Court will be open from noon to 4 p.m. All virtual court appearances scheduled before noon will still happen at their scheduled time. City facilities will be closed on Friday, Dec. 31, in observance of the New Year’s Day holiday. Springfield Development and Public Works Counter is closed until Monday, Jan. 3. City first responders including police, fire, and operations will remain in service.

  • U.S. District Court - Eugene: Closed but operating remotely.

  • Willamalane: Opening facilities delayed Tuesday until 10 a.m. Splash! will open at 11 a.m., as previously scheduled. This delay will impact programs scheduled at all Willamalane facilities. Skills camp basketball and soccer, skills camp tennis and my first sports: track and field are all canceled for the week of 12/27 - 12/31. The gift shop at Willamalane Adult Activity Center is closed Tuesday.

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