No confusion here. It’s perfectly clear no matter whether you’re headed north or south on Newport’s Yaquina Bay Bridge, you are informed that a big birthday party for the bridge is coming up October 2nd and everybody is invited.
It was 75 years ago that the Yaquina Bay Bridge was opened to traffic linking South Beach to Newport, effectively putting the ferry out of business. Some, to this day, complain that the bridge ruined a perfectly paced drive up the coast with ferry stops every 20 to 30 miles. But time and bridges wait for no one, especially with anti-economic depression government spending that built the Yaquina Bay Bridge as well as a number of others along the Oregon and California Coast.
The birthday party for the bridge kicks off at noon on Sunday, October 2nd. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the company of your fellow celebrants at the north end of the span, on the green. There will be a bridge walk with folks encouraged to dress in period clothing, followed by a parade of vintage 1936 and older vehicles. Should be a sight to behold. Certainly for pictures and video and for making new memories of a very famous bridge.
Congratulations to Newport Sign Company and All Heart Tree Service for doing a fine job on the portable billboard, hanging from the center span! It was installed after 2am Saturday this morning. They narrowed traffic to one lane so as to get it up with minimal impact on traffic.