Newport city officials are seeking further public opinion and observations about a recently completed traffic study that determined that logging truck use of SE Moore Drive and the Bay Road meets established safety standards. The report also refers to previous long-term logging truck traffic use of SE Moore and the Bay Road through most of the 1990’s. City officials have also outlined proposed safety enhancing alterations to the intersection of Moore and Bay Road. Port of Newport officials have also reminded the community that the voters recently passed a bond to repair and upgrade the port’s International Terminal whose presence dates back decades and whose primary service road is SE Moore and Bay Roads which are built to truck route standards.
However, a group of neighbors in the area are very opposed to the emergence of what they claim is a dangerous disruption to their otherwise quiet neighborhood. They maintain that 100 logging truck trips a day passing by or near their homes poses serious safety concerns for pedestrians and motorists and those concerns are not adequately addressed in the traffic study.
Anyone wanting to add their comments to the matter are encouraged to review the traffic study in its entirety on the City of Newport website at www.NewportOregon.gov or by simply clicking here.
Comments can also be directed to Newport Community Development Director Derrick Tokos at D.Tokos@NewportOregon.gov or comments can be mailed or hand-carried to Newport City Hall at 169 SW Coast Highway, Newport (corner of Avery and Highway 101).
Comment deadline is 5pm, February 1st.