Highway 20 Paving; Hazardous Waste Disposal; Food Share Receives $10,000 Grant; Gas Prices

Highway 20 Paving

A section of Highway 20 just east of Newport will be experiencing delays. Last night paving of a 5 mile section of the roadway began and the Oregon Department of Transportation is letting drivers know that the area will be down to one lane with delays.  The lane closures will be from 7pm until 6am Sunday through Friday until the job is completed.  Milepost 24 through milepost 29 is affected.  The work includes a resurfacing and restriping of the section as well as the installation of rumble strips.  Any bridge surfaces will also be sealed.  The route is a popular route for traveling motorists and day use.  ODOT recommends that you use tripcheck to follow updates and other closures.

Hazardous Waste Disposal

This Friday and Saturday is the public’s chance to get rid of hazardous waste that may be stored.  The city of Florence with the Lane County transfer station will be receiving materials that otherwise would not be allowed in the facility. Cleaners, fluorescent tubes, lawn and garden chemicals and paints and solvents are just a few of the items that will be accepted.  What is not allowed is infectious waste, radioactive waste, explosives and electronics to name a few.  The city has posted all allowable items on their website at ci.florence.or.us  the time on Friday is noon until 5 pm and Saturday is from 8am until 2pm.  there is no cost for this disposal.

Food Share Receives $10,000 Grant

Florence Food Share is excited to announce that it has received a $10,000 grant from the Three Rivers Foundation. These funds will be used to replace and repair the parking lot surface and upgrade the ADA spaces to remove physical barriers for clients accessing emergency food at Florence Food Share. Colin Morgan, Executive Director at Florence Food Share, said, their goal is to reduce physical barriers for approximately 4,000 clients per year and restore essential ADA access to their parking lot. Morgan also said they are grateful for the support of the 3 rivers foundation. Florence Food Share is located at 2190 Spruce Street in Florence and is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday and Wednesday evenings from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Community members are encouraged to visit to see what is available.

Gas Prices

Oregon Gas prices have fallen another 8 cents a gallon according to Marie Dodds with AAA Oregon.  Dodds says increasing gas supplies, lower crude prices and a tepid demand for fuel are responsible for the fall.  Oregon currently stands above the national average at $4.23 a gallon, .71 cents higher than the national average.  Florence is still sitting about $4.10 a gallon for regular with at least two stations selling below the $4 mark.