It’s taken longer than anyone thought it would take, but it’s beginning on September 7th. That’s when all the bids will be in and the contracts awarded so that ODOT can begin rebuilding a 500 foot length of Schooner Creek Road that slumped out during last January’s four day deluge that caused so much damage up and down the coast. In this case Schooner Creek Road slumped down hill ahead of some big surface and ground water movement. The slide came very close to knocking out Lincoln City’s main water delivery pipe that is buried along the uphill side of the road which connects the Drift Creek Water Treatment Plant to intown water transmission lines. It was a lesson quickly learned by City Manager David Hawker and Public Works Director Lila Bradley. They immediately coordinated the installation of a temporary bypass of the still-threatened line to keep water coming into town. Several months later they built an additional water line from the treatment plant, down Drift Creek Road to Highway 101 where it connects into the town’s water system, acting as a back-up water supply line.
Bradley says the re-installation of the Schooner Creek waterline will run about $204,000, 75% of which will be paid by federal disaster funds. The remaining $51,000 will be paid by the city. Since Schooner Creek Road is a county road, Lincoln County Public Works is on the hook for any local match to fix that part of it. Because the slide was so deep, ODOT secured special FEMA funds that will provide about 90% of the cost, estimated to be just under a million dollars. The county reportedly will have to come up with roughly one hundred thousand as local match. The project is so expensive because crews will have to dig down and clean out the slide, then fill it back in with rock thirty feet deep the entire length of the slide. Then they’ll fill the rock in with gravel and dirt. And then on top of that they’ll rebuild the road.
Obviously for the duration of the construction, motorists will have to use Drift Creek Road just to the south, to get in and out of the area. Again, construction begins September 6th and is expected to be finished by October 7th, right before the rainy season.