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Road Work Continues as the School Year Begins

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As Oregon kids head back to school road work crews are continuing construction in or around school zones.

Students go back to school this week amidst a busy construction season. Eric Jones with Eugene Public Works says commuters should plan ahead and avoid distractions while driving.
JONES: "Not paying attention, sometimes called distracted driving, is probably the most significant reason there are crashes and near misses, really wherever you drive but especially in school zones."
According to the Oregon Department of Transportation there is an average of 240 crashes a year in school zones. In the last five years six of these crashes have been fatal.
A number of streets close to schools in Eugene are under construction. Eugene Public Works urges drivers to watch for people crossing the street in marked and unmarked crosswalks, especially in school and construction zones.
For more information on active construction zones visit theEugene Public Worksor the Oregon Department of Transportation websites.