A Road and Driveway GOOD DEED went terribly wrong Friday afternoon when mud in a dump truck bound for an event at the Newport Airport started losing its load at Highways 20 and 101.
The drive quickly ascertained what was happening and made a U-turn through Walgreens, up 1st to Benton then back up 20 to Road and Driveway at Harney. But by the time the truck made it back to the barn, a trail of wet gooey mud was snaking all the way from 101 to the facility. You could even see that the driver waited for the light at Harney and 20 because there was a little mound of mud at the head of the left turn lane.
City and Road and Driveway street sweepers immediately attacked the mess and had much of it cleaned up within an hour. However, the dry version of the mud residue is tracked up and down 101 and of course all the way back to Harney on Highway 20. No accidents were reported due to the slippery conditions. Rare (for Newport) sunny and warm conditions dried out the mud pretty quickly.
Road and Driveway workers were examining the truck back at the shop. The load of mud was enroute to the Newport Airport where, off to the side of the entrance to the airport, big holes have been dug in the ground that were going to be filled with mud this afternoon in preparation of the big Parks and Recreation Buccaneer Rampage event where entrants will run, slide, climb, swim and crawl their way to the finish line of a very long obstacle course. Road and Driveway graciously offered to deliver the mud for free…but….
City officials say they’re sorry for the accident but it in no way diminishes Road and Driveway’s excellent reputation in the community as a valued partner in many projects around town. They say Road and Driveway always comes through when the need is there and they can fill it. Unfortunately sometimes the best laid plans of mud and men go awry. Fortunately the spill is being cleaned up quickly with no permanent damage to anything. However, it may take a good rain for the last remnants of the mud to find its way into the storm drains.