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Newport: NE 20th Street re-pave job expected to wrap up during the wee hours of Thursday


Northeast 20th Street getting a new surface
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Residents who live along or use NE 20th Street were expected to wake up to brand new pavement in front of their houses or be able to drive on that new pavement enroute to Highway 101 to go to work, shopping or run errands. Northeast 20th traverses the north end of the Fred Meyer property and was shut down last evening while the street was given a new layer of asphalt from the signal light at 101 to Crestview. Crews from Road and Driveway and city public works employees prepped the street to get a thin layer of the surface removed and then further prepared to to receive a new new layer of asphalt. The paving job was expected to last until 2am or slightly later. Public Works Director Tim Gross said residents and shoppers accessing Fred Meyer will find a brand new road to enjoy. Gross said they’ll give the pavement a day to be driven on and then return on Friday to finish the stipping and re-pave operation on Crestview, to include Crestview Circle. Gross asks residents of that stretch of road and pavement to please not park their cars or other vehicles on the street Friday to accommodate the paving operation.

If all goes according to plan Gross says the whole NE 20th project should be finished by late Friday.

Still waiting for the green light on “Business 20” fix…

Highway 20 Business Loop, slumping/settling between JC Market and Port Station One.

After re-driving a short stretch of Business Loop Highway 20 in Toledo, it appears to this writer that the road settling/slumping has perceptively worsened over the past couple of weeks. Toledo Public Works Director Adam Denlinger told his city council Wednesday evening that they’ve been told the road may have be re-built, beyond just a simple re-pave job. If that proves true, the cost could range between $300,000 and $500,000. At that cost both ODOT and the Federal Highway Administration would be chipping in 90% of that cost, leaving the city to cough up between $30,000 and $50,000.

Denlinger said he expects to hear very shortly what scale of work will be required. He said ODOT wants the road repaired before the winter rains begin.

Lincoln City’s Schooner Creek Road re-opens today at 5pm!

Evolution of Schooner Creek Road repair

A very costly repair to Schooner Creek Road is about to be wrapped up about a quarter mile outside the Lincoln City city limits. Construction crews report they will reopen the road at 5pm this afternoon (Tuesday). The costly repair job forced federal dollars to be infused into the project because local funds couldn’t do it alone due to the severity and complexity of the road rebuild. Crews had to dig down over 40-feet to find the bottom of the slide, and then fill it in with large rock and infill gravel.

Also during the repair, Lincoln City’s main water line from the Drift Creek Water Treatment Plant into town was threatened and so a near and far by-pass system was constructed to ensure water delivery to all of Lincoln City. The city’s main water line is now re-installed on the uphill side of the road, and, in the meantime, the city has constructed another major water supply line between the treatment plant and Highway 101 where it hooks into the city’s distribution system. So the town now has two major water lines supplying the town instead of just one. And they got federal funds to help them do it.

Again, the road reopens this afternoon at 5pm, according to Lincoln County Public Works who directed the project since the slide occurred outside the city limits.

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