A portion of the South Bank Path is now closed to allow for construction of the Downtown Riverfront site. People should detour through Alton Baker Park. There is also a signed detour through downtown Eugene. Closing the path gives crews space to safely work, as large construction equipment will be moving through the area.
The path closure is near the Eugene Water and Electric Board (EWEB) building on 4th Avenue and continues south to the Steam Plant. Crews will remove and replace the path as part of the Downtown Riverfront project, including a new park and other infrastructure improvements. This closure is expected to last until spring 2021.
Construction crews will also close access to the path from 8th Avenue and Hilyard during parts of 2019 and 2020. Crews will be preparing for and building the southern access into the Riverfront site near the path.
The Peter DeFazio (near the EWEB fountain) and Dave and Lynn Frohnmayer (formerly the Autzen Bridge) bridges will remain open throughout the construction.
Once the work is complete, people will be able to enjoy a new path through the redeveloped Downtown Riverfront Park.