Schooner Creek Road is looking more like a real road again. Work crews have dug it out, fortified it at the base of the slide, and then rocked and filled it back in. Last January’s three-day deluge inflicted lots of road damage at various locations throughout Lincoln County, Schooner Creek Road the most expensive among them. Complicating matters was the fact that Lincoln City’s main water supply line runs along the shoulder of Schooner Creek, forcing the city to construct a bypass line, not only around the slide itself but also install a permanent bypass down Drift Creek Road to Highway 101, where it hooked back into the system.
Lincoln County Public Information Officer Casey Miller reports that the Lincoln City water main along Schooner Creek has been permanently re-installed and is undergoing pressure testing and biological cleansing. As shown in the photo, K and E Construction has brought the slide area up to grade and is now constructing the road base. Paving is expected toward the end of next week with line striping shortly thereafter. Miller said they are hopeful weather conditions will allow the project’s completion on or before Halloween. When it comes to “Trick or Treat,” this time they definitely want the “treat” instead of “tricky” weather.
Miller says Lincoln County Commissioners and their public works department thanks everyone for continuing to use the detour along South Drift Creek Road during the reconstruction and for being patient in what turned out to be a very complicated and expensive road repair job. Most of the funds for the nearly $1 million dollar project came from the federal government since the cost of the repair far exceeded local funding capabilities.