Newport Public Works Director Tim Gross told the Newport City Council Monday that the construction of new sidewalks (that some have called the true completion of the construction of the north end of the Yaquina Bay Bridge), minor street improvements, along with improved lighting, will begin very soon with completion by early September.
Gross said the bid for the project has been awarded and work should begin very soon. It will complete the pedestrian walkway from down along the Bayfront, up Naterlin Drive and then under the north end of the Yaquina Bay Bridge. In addition it will improve lighting along the way. The current “Y” roadway intersection on the west side of the bridge leading into Government Park will be converted to a straight “T” intersection, which should improve traffic flow. New sidewalks will also connect to the bottom of the bridge staircases which for years have led nowhere except down to the chronically gooshy grass under the bridge.
So, by early September the “incomplete look” to the north end of the bridge will be history and it will certainly be much more inviting for pedestrians and hikers.