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Sheriff Dotson: It’s back to school – watch out for our kids

BACK TO SCHOOL
by Sheriff Dennis Dotson

It’s time to start back to school. We need to get back in the habit of knowing where our neighborhood schools are. There are more than 15 public and private schools located around Lincoln County. Each morning and afternoon when school is in session, children are walking to and from school and when they are present a school speed zone is in effect. That speed limit is 20 mph in a posted school zone between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. on a day when school is in session, or if the zone is equipped with a flashing yellow light then the speed limit is in effect when it is flashing.

It’s vital that we obey these speed limits as our children’s safety is at stake. These schools include kindergarten through twelfth grade. Some of these children are five years old and very small. A parked car can obscure their view of you, and your view of them. These young people often fail to realize the importance of looking before they walk or run out into the roadway. Driving at 20 mph will give you more time to react and avoid striking them.

As citizens we must protect our children. Traffic crashes are one of the deadliest hazards our children face. Let’s do our part when we pass these schools by slowing down, watching, and expecting the unexpected.
Another safety issue is for parents to ensure that their children’s coats and backpacks do not have loose cords attached to them. In some areas outside of Lincoln County, children have had these cords become entangled in the bus doors as they exited the bus. The drivers have thought the child was safely off the bus, but as the bus drove away the children were dragged. Everyone needs to do their part to ensure the safety of our children.

For more information and tips, visit our website at www.lincolncountysheriff.net and Like us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Oregon.

The Mother of All Traffic Jams: Coming to downtown Portland next four weekends


Don’t get caught in it
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Almost unimaginable traffic jams are being scheduled for the heart of downtown Portland over the next four to five weekends as paving crews resurface Interstate 5 from Holladay Street in the Rose Quarter to the Marquam Bridge; its first major resurfacing in decades. Interstate 5 will be open to one lane traffic only from 11pm Fridays to 5am Mondays all four weekends starting this Friday. The details are in the Oregonian. Click here.

ODOT repaving Highway 101 from Walmart north to the lighthouse area this Summer!


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During a town hall meeting with Agate Beach area residents Monday night, Mayor Mark McConnell announced that ODOT will be repaving Highway 101 this summer, from Walmart up to the Yaquina Lighthouse area. The roadway, he said, has deteriorated considerably over the years and that new, smooth asphalt will replace the rough and loud noise-making variety that’s been in place for years. Public Works Director Tim Gross said that the semi-finished asphalt that ODOT put down years ago was made to be semi-porous so that rain water would filter down through the asphalt and not puddle dangerously on the surface. Gross said the system worked for about a year, and then lost its water removing effects due to wear.

Gross said the new smooth asphalt overlay will be completed this summer. Needless to say there will be flaggers and traffic delays. When the details are announced we’ll put them here on News Lincoln County.

LEAVE THE “ROAD CLOSED” SIGNS ALONE!!!


Naterlin @ Coast Guard Station, Newport

People are removing “Road Closed” signs around the Newport area and it’s putting people’s lives in danger. Newport Public Works Director Tim Gross says there’s a tree that’s lost some of its crown and is hanging over Naterlin Drive right at the Coast Guard Station. The tree is losing more of its canopy and may well dislodge more of it onto the street below. Public Works Director Tim Gross says it’s one thing to drive around the signs but it’s another to remove the signs altogether, because it puts other lives in danger who don’t know of the danger hanging over their heads.

LEAVE THE SIGNS ALONE!!

Major slump out one mile east of Otis on Highway 18

Highway 18, 1/2 mile east of Otis
Sunday morning
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Traffic is expected to be a headache getting to the valley from Lincoln City on Highway 18 starting Monday during the day. A section of shoulder and roadway support has fallen away, downslope to the Salmon River a half mile east of Otis. Flaggers will be directing one lane of travel through the road reconstruction area from Monday through Wednesday or Thursday according to crews on scene Sunday. Twenty minute delays are possible. The situation is similar to what happened to Highway 101 near Newport, just north of the airport several weeks ago.

It appears the flood-swollen Salmon River undercut the base of the riverbank which weakened a portion of the Highway 18 roadbed. Over time it just sloughed down and into the river. Crews will remove all the slumping material, then rebuild the hillside/riverbank with large river boulders at the base of the slide, slightly smaller boulders up from there, fill in with gravel and dirt and re-landscape. Crews say it should be done by Thursday, possibly sooner.

Again,watch for flaggers and backed up traffic. Allow an extra twenty minutes to complete your journey along Highway 18. However, if you don’t mind taking a gamble by taking a windy detour, here’s how to do it. If you’re heading west on Highway 18, you can turn north at the Rose Lodge Store and follow North Bank Road down along the river until it dumps out just north of the Otis Cafe. Likewise, if you’re headed east out of Lincoln City, you can turn north at the Otis Cafe, then just a quarter mile up the road turn right on North Bank Road and follow it east until it dumps you back out onto Highway 18 at the Rose Lodge Store.

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