Bike trail closed due to water main break

Bike trail closed due to water main break
Map shows closed trail segment

EUGENE, Ore. - A section of the South Bank Bike Path that runs along the Eugene Water & Electric Board’s Willamette River property will be closed until further notice due to safety concerns following a water main break that disturbed the rock and soil supporting the asphalt path.

The main break at East Eighth Avenue and Hilyard Street on Sunday morning damaged the path to the point that city of Eugene staff requested the closure late Wednesday afternoon.

The bike path will be closed between the utility’s Headquarters Building at 500 E. Fourth Ave. and the “T” intersection that connects with Hilyard Street. The closure is expected to stay in place at least through Thursday.

EWEB operations staff are considering a handful of options that could include opening the fence at the utility’s shuttered Steam Plant and creating a short detour corridor around the damaged section of bike path.

During the closure, pedestrians and cyclists should use alternate routes on surface streets.

It is not yet known when repair work might start or how long it will take to complete.