CORVALLIS— A pavement preservation project on US 20 between Corvallis and Albany has entered its final phase this week with a contractor for ODOT applying the final lift of pavement to a section of the highway.
The contractor has been paving between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. Monday through Thursday and will add this Friday night, September 30, to the schedule.
The final section of highway to be paved is between Circle Blvd. and Corvallis. During the time of construction, the highway will be restricted to a single lane of traffic with flaggers controlling travel in alternating directions. Motorists should expect delays of 15 to 20 minutes during construction.
The paving is weather dependent. The work will be rescheduled for the next available period, should inclement weather force a postponement.
This will complete the mainline paving of the US 20: Corvallis to Albany project, a $3.2 million project that ground and inlayed 2 inches of new asphalt between Corvallis and the Lyon/Ellsworth Bridges in Albany (Milepost 0.76-10.29).
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.
As many of our readers know, the Lincoln County School District, in cooperation with the city of Newport, has erected large street closure barriers on Eads Street in Newport in front of Newport High School during school hours. However, in an effort to keep the Monday through Friday closure to an acceptable minimum amount of time, the negotiations somehow created some confusion. So, the earlier start time of 8am is now 7:30am. The barriers will be removed on closure days at 4pm as previously agreed between the city and the school district.
The barriers were requested by Newport High School administration as a safety issue, citing one fatality (a teacher) over the years and a few close calls. Detour streets include NW Harney to the east and Coos and Douglas to the west. The barriers will be up on school days only.
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!”
Schooner Creek Road, about a mile east of the Lincoln City city limits, is being shut down for over two months to enable work crews to repair the road that was slumped out due to a nasty slide during last January’s torrential rains. The closure dates are from August 22nd through the end of October.
The slide is not a typical road slump. This one went all the way down to the bedrock, so work crews are not only rebuilding the road, they’re rebuilding what holds up the road. They’ll be dumping rock fill that’ll go down a long way. The nearly million dollar fix is being paid for out of a combination of federal highway and FEMA money. Since the fix is so extensive they’re having to dig out the entire site, fill it in with rock to a depth of thirty feet, then add gravel, then dirt, then rebuild the road on top.
Once that’s complete, the city will relay the big water main that runs from the water treatment plant, along the uphill edge of the road and into town. While the road is being fixed, Lincoln City will have use of it’s brand new “water main bypass” that runs from the water plant down Drift Creek Road, and then into town. So no one should be worried about not having enough water. There will be according to City Manager David Hawker.
So, August 22 through October 31st, Schooner Creek Road will be closed between mile post 1.2 and milepost 1.3 as crews rebuild the road. The detour will be Drift Creek Road.