It’s been well over two years since a big winter storm so saturated Newport that Big Creek Road slumped out under its own soggy weight. Tons of dirt, trees, rocks and brush fell down the hillside to the creek below, cutting off an important rear alternative exit for Big Creek residents which runs from near the city water treatment plant uphill to Frank Wade Park.
City Public Works Director Tim Gross said thanks to a fortuitous outside grant arrangement, the road will be rebuilt without any out-of-pocket costs to the city. Estimated cost of the rebuild came in at $750,000 but the winning bid came from a company that specializes in these kinds of projects. The Eugene-based company said it would do it for just under $500,000.
Although many residents who used to drive the gravel road are pleased that it’ll be back in service, there are others who say the damaged thoroughfare, with roadblocks at either end, has been a very pleasant pathway to walk and they’ll miss the peace and quiet if offers.
Gross said the reconstruction should begin within a couple of weeks, with completion in about thirty days. So call it mid-to-late September.