Newport: Moore and Bay Road Log truck traffic study released – Log Truck operations can operate within accepted traffic standards and within physical road limits
A traffic study concludes that a logging truck route from Highway 20, down John Moore Road, left on Bay Road and eastward to a new logging yard at the Port of Newport’s International Terminal can be conducted adequately and within the physical constraints of each stretch of roadway.
The study, by Kittelson & Associates of Portland, concludes that with intersection modifications at Highway 20 and John Moore Road, at John Moore and Bay and with brush clearing to improve sight distances at each entrance to the International Terminal, the log truck route can adequately accommodate the projected numbers of log trucks which are expected to start out at 50 a day, but gradually build to around 70 a day over time.
The study says of the initial 50 trucks a day making round trips to the terminal during morning peak traffic time (7:35am to 8:35am) it will average six trucks, and during weekday afternoon peak traffic time (4:30pm to 5:30pm) it will average two trucks. The study shows the vast majority of the trucks will make their runs during off peak hours. Eric Teevin told a recent John Moore Road task force meeting that log truck traffic usually decreases considerably after 3:30pm.
The study noted planned route improvements to the intersection of Highway 20 and John Moore Road to include an added north/south left turn lane, and a combined northbound right and through lane. At the bottom of the hill at John Moore and Bay, the study shows an expanded intersection to improve sight distances, greater intersection capacity and more visible signage. At the two entrances to the International Terminal, brush and other obstructions will be cleared to improve sight distances.
The full traffic report is available on the City of Newport’s website by clicking here.