Project begins to rebuild historic Sea Lion Point Rock Wall
The rebuilding of an historic rock wall along US 101, just north of Sea Lion Caves (MP 179), will begin next week, creating a construction zone that will require a single lane closure and flagging 24 hours per day until the project is completed in April, 2016.
Located approximately nine miles north of Florence, the original wall was constructed in 1931. Over time, the wall has lost its integrity in several places. This project will increase the height and restore the integrity and the aesthetic appearance of a portion of the historic rock retaining wall along the ocean side of the highway.
This section of US 101 is a designated scenic highway in Oregon. The Sea Lion Point Rock Wall is one of four designated rockwork sites on US 101, and is the second longest of these types of features. It is the only designated rockwork feature in Lane County.
The Sea Lion Point Rock Wall is a good example of a rock feature constructed by the Works Progress Administration along the Oregon Coast Highway. It was part of a program to help lift the U.S. out of the Great Depression. Massive expenditures on roads and highways put people back to work helping to accelerate the recovery from the 1929 Black Thursday Stock Market Crash as we saw again in 2008.
The project will also replace the bridge rail on a half viaduct near Cape Perpetua (MP 166).