Schooner Creek Road, east of Lincoln City
Photo: Courtesy Casey Miller, Lincoln County PIO
Work continues unabated on the reconstruction of a 300′ section of Schooner Creek Road, about a half-mile east of the Lincoln City city limits. The project is costing nearly a million dollars, most of it federal funds since local governments don’t have that kind of money these days without busting their budgets. The re-build is expected to take until the end of October.
The roadway slumped downhill last January during a three day deluge of rain that caused many slides and slump-outs along the coast. In the case of Schooner Creek Road, it left a number of residents on the east end of the slide without quick and easy access to town. A detour is available by using Drift Creek Road to get to Highway 101.
Initial estimates for repair implied that a little dirt work and a re-pave job would fix it quick, but after further investigation by a geologist, it was found the slide went far deeper than anyone figured. So crews are having to completely rebuild and refortify that part of the hillside before they can re-establish the road; a complete rebuild.
You can see in the photo an above ground pipe running just uphill from the roadway. Originally buried next to the road, that was the town’s only link to its primary source of water, the Drift Creek Water Treatment Plant. City Manager David Hawker convinced the city council to spend some tall dollars to install a back-up supply line from the plant to Highway 101 via Drift Creek Road. Hawker told the council that a single supply route to something as vital as water requires a “Plan B,” simply for safety and security reasons. The council approved installing the Drift Creek Road line which is currently the sole source of water for Lincoln City until Schooner Creek Road is rebuilt and its original water main is relaid along it.
Again, county public works officials expect to have it all wrapped up by Halloween.
Newport City Hall says Northwest Coast from W. Olive to NW 2nd was closed Friday due to a water leak. Residents and businesses were told that the street was actually bowing upward due to water build up from a large water leak in the city’s distribution pipe under the street.
The water line was fixed and the road reopened by 2:30pm.
Community: New school year begins Tuesday, September 6th
A reminder from Newport Police Chief Mark Miranda
Nearly 2,000 students will be heading back to Newport schools next Tuesday morning. Many will be very excited with the new school year with one thought in mind– get to school! Safety is not always top of mind with students. For that reason, drivers must be prepared for the unexpected. Watch out for the kids. State laws and local ordinances have been enacted for the safety of the children. Here’s the main ones:
* School zones adjacent to schools are active from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on school days. The speed limit in school zones is 20 miles per hour.
* School zones not directly near a school are active “When Children are Present”. The speed limit in these school zones is also 20 miles per hour. Drivers must be very careful in these school zones because a child’s presence anywhere in the zone area requires reduction of speed to 20 MPH.
* Crosswalks in school zones differ from regular crosswalks. A school crosswalk means that if there is anyone, anywhere in the crosswalk, motorists may not drive over the crosswalk.
* New this year, NE Eads Street in front of the Newport High School will be closed to traffic from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on school days. The closure is between NE 3rd Street and NE 4th Street. This street closure is for the safety of the students crossing between the buildings at various times during the school day.
* Parents are reminded that children under the age of 16 are required to wear helmets when riding bicycles and skateboards.
From Chief Miranda: “Children are our future and we need to watch out for them and protect them, so everyone, please drive safely!”