During a town hall meeting with Agate Beach area residents Monday night, Mayor Mark McConnell announced that ODOT will be repaving Highway 101 this summer, from Walmart up to the Yaquina Lighthouse area. The roadway, he said, has deteriorated considerably over the years and that new, smooth asphalt will replace the rough and loud noise-making variety that’s been in place for years. Public Works Director Tim Gross said that the semi-finished asphalt that ODOT put down years ago was made to be semi-porous so that rain water would filter down through the asphalt and not puddle dangerously on the surface. Gross said the system worked for about a year, and then lost its water removing effects due to wear.
Gross said the new smooth asphalt overlay will be completed this summer. Needless to say there will be flaggers and traffic delays. When the details are announced we’ll put them here on News Lincoln County.