Work continues unabated on the reconstruction of a 300′ section of Schooner Creek Road, about a half-mile east of the Lincoln City city limits. The project is costing nearly a million dollars, most of it federal funds since local governments don’t have that kind of money these days without busting their budgets. The re-build is expected to take until the end of October.
The roadway slumped downhill last January during a three day deluge of rain that caused many slides and slump-outs along the coast. In the case of Schooner Creek Road, it left a number of residents on the east end of the slide without quick and easy access to town. A detour is available by using Drift Creek Road to get to Highway 101.
Initial estimates for repair implied that a little dirt work and a re-pave job would fix it quick, but after further investigation by a geologist, it was found the slide went far deeper than anyone figured. So crews are having to completely rebuild and refortify that part of the hillside before they can re-establish the road; a complete rebuild.
You can see in the photo an above ground pipe running just uphill from the roadway. Originally buried next to the road, that was the town’s only link to its primary source of water, the Drift Creek Water Treatment Plant. City Manager David Hawker convinced the city council to spend some tall dollars to install a back-up supply line from the plant to Highway 101 via Drift Creek Road. Hawker told the council that a single supply route to something as vital as water requires a “Plan B,” simply for safety and security reasons. The council approved installing the Drift Creek Road line which is currently the sole source of water for Lincoln City until Schooner Creek Road is rebuilt and its original water main is relaid along it.
Again, county public works officials expect to have it all wrapped up by Halloween.