Earlier this month, construction crews became destruction crews at the Port of Newport’s emerging International Terminal. They had already removed on old concrete warship from the west end, and entombed another concrete warship on the east end. And finally they got around to taking down the old warehouse that had withstood Oregon’s wind and rain for decades.
On October 4th, after they had cleared out every and anything of value from the building, they kicked out the building’s north side supports and then pulled on a cable tied to the building. And down it came with a loud crash, much to the inconvenience of some seagulls that were just moments earlier enjoying it as a warm perch.
With the warehouse now down and the debris cleared out, construction crews will now finish the easterly end of the terminal. Crews say the rebuilt Newport International Terminal will be ready next Spring for it’s main operating company, Teevin Brothers out of Rainier. They are expected to start shipping logs to Asian ports by late Summer or early Fall.
Meanwhile, a special task force is working with the Newport City Council and neighbors along Moore Road and Bay Boulevard to re-align the intersection at the bottom of the hill. Logging trucks will drop down Moore Road from Highway 20. At the bottom of Moore, they’ll have a no-stop left turn onto Bay Boulevard and then a straight shot east to the International Terminal. Fish Industry trucks will be able to come down Moore Road as well with a free no-stop turn to the right and then west onto Bay Boulevard. Traffic heading east from the Bayfront, which includes large fish trucks, will have to stop at Moore and Bay Boulevard. Then they’ll turn left up Moore Road and connect with Highway 20. Traffic headed west on Bay Boulevard will have a free right turn onto Moore. Other traffic continuing west on Bay Boulevard will have a stop sign at the intersection.
One complicating factor will be city work crews rebuilding the storm drain system that comes down Moore Road and ties into the Bayfront at the Embarcadero. Crews will have the road torn up for a time requiring flaggers to keep traffic moving through the area.
It’s going to be a very busy summer of 2013 at that end of town.