As you can see from Greg Henton’s photo, the over-half million dollar trail from the south end of the Yaquina Bay Bridge, up to the top of Safe Haven Hill, is nearly complete. Newport Public Works Director Tim Gross says the trail itself is about done but there is still more work to be done including the construction of a sidewalk along the eastern base of Safe Haven Hill which will connect into the northern and southern access points to the hill. Gross says there is already a large shipping container at the top in which there will be placed survival items including portable shelters, water, dehydrated food, first aid supplies and lots more.
At the southern end of the hill, there is already stairs from a Highway 101 sidewalk going up to the already paved access road to the top. Access pathways from Hatfield Marine Science Center also connect to the southern access point which can also be used by residents of the Coho-Brandt neighborhood.
Gross says the project, funded jointly by Newport Urban Renewal and FEMA, should be complete within a couple of weeks.
A big dedication ceremony and “Open House” event will be announced shortly.