Schooner Creek Road, about a mile east of the Lincoln City city limits, is being shut down for over two months to enable work crews to repair the road that was slumped out due to a nasty slide during last January’s torrential rains. The closure dates are from August 22nd through the end of October.
The slide is not a typical road slump. This one went all the way down to the bedrock, so work crews are not only rebuilding the road, they’re rebuilding what holds up the road. They’ll be dumping rock fill that’ll go down a long way. The nearly million dollar fix is being paid for out of a combination of federal highway and FEMA money. Since the fix is so extensive they’re having to dig out the entire site, fill it in with rock to a depth of thirty feet, then add gravel, then dirt, then rebuild the road on top.
Once that’s complete, the city will relay the big water main that runs from the water treatment plant, along the uphill edge of the road and into town. While the road is being fixed, Lincoln City will have use of it’s brand new “water main bypass” that runs from the water plant down Drift Creek Road, and then into town. So no one should be worried about not having enough water. There will be according to City Manager David Hawker.
So, August 22 through October 31st, Schooner Creek Road will be closed between mile post 1.2 and milepost 1.3 as crews rebuild the road. The detour will be Drift Creek Road.