John Moore/Bay Road logging trucks
Newport Port Commissioners ran a rather short meeting in August but they definitely had their high beams on while doing it. For starters they picked a date for the first John Moore Road/Bay Road Citizens Task Force (partnered with the city of Newport) that will examine the return of logging trucks to those two major throughways. Many neighbors decry the return of those trucks loaded with wood going down “their streets.” Hundreds of trucks will be bringing logs to the soon-to-be completed Port of Newport’s International Terminal. In an earlier meeting neighbors demonstrated their concern for their childrens’ safety as they walk to their bus stops or on sidewalks that are mere feet away from among the biggest vehicles on Oregon Roads.
Port officials have stated clearly and consistently that the port is an industrial operation with a long history in the area and that log exports have been historically an economic mainstay for the Central Coast. True, log exports abated in the 1990’s, but now they’re back and they’ll be once again a major part of the local economy.
Port officials stated recently that they sympathize with the neighbors and have indicated that an alternate route to the International Terminal must be investigated. The first scheduled meeting of the task force is now officially set for 6pm, September 19th at Newport City Hall.