In response to a flurry of emails and telephone calls between Big Creek neighbors and Newport City Hall, the specific use of the just restored Big Creek Road between the municipal pool and NE Harney will be debated before the city council December 16th.
The idea that the road could be used as a two-way street has riled some neighbors who think the road is not safe enough for such heavy traffic – being narrow and with a gravel surface that makes braking more of a challenge, depending on the circumstances. Many neighbors in the area also point to the number of hikers, walkers, bike riders and others, including school children on sports running events, that makes sharing the road with regular vehicular traffic seem, to them, too risky.
In a correction to this article, city Public Works Director said he does not have the authority to establish traffic controls and designate one way streets. That’s within the purview of the city manager. And of course the city manager serves at the pleasure of the city council, so they can have a great deal to say about such things as well.
This afternoon Mayor Sandra Roumagoux informed News Lincoln County that she has placed the Big Creek Road issue on the city council’s December 16th meeting agenda so that the issue can be fully discussed by staff, the council and the public. That meeting begins at 6pm at Newport City Hall Council Chambers.