Tag: Territorial Road

Sweet Lorane Community News, September 19, 2019

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
September 19, 2019
By Pat Edwards

Last night, around 7:00 p.m., our dogs began barking and whining to get outside. They’ll do the same when they know it’s time to race the school bus or garbage truck up the hill (inside our fenceline), but not usually that late in the day. I walked out on our porch and looked below on Territorial Road where emergency lights were flashing and a long line of cars were creeping their way south in front of our house. I could see cars lined up behind the emergency vehicle stopping traffic north of us and figured that they would be sitting there for awhile.

With a quick check of the Lorane Facebook page, I learned that a head-on collision had taken place near Jackson-Marlow Road, just south of us. Within minutes, our granddaughter, Linsey, called to check to make sure that her grandpa and I were ok. Before she hung up, our daughter, Gloria’s call was lighting up the phone. Our family, when they hear sirens in the area always checks to make sure that all within our fold are at home or at least safe.

This type of thing happens too often these days. Territorial Road between Gillespie Corners and Lorane is especially treacherous with sharp curves, fog lines on the edge of steep drop-offs, no-guard rails, uneven pavement, and lots of log trucks and bicycle riders to be watchful for. The restructuring of Territorial by Lane County can’t come soon enough for us. The first phase is scheduled to begin on Stony Point in 2020, but in the meantime, we all fear for our lives when driving that stretch, especially.

These conditions are bad enough, but the frequent reports of drivers taking curves on or over the center line are the biggest problem for all of us. This is a scenario that other areas besides Lorane are experiencing, as well, but right now, we are even more vulnerable because of the road conditions.

Speed and texting while driving have been problems for several years, but this almost daily fear of rounding a curve and meeting a car, or sometimes a log truck, on the center line is causing a lot of concern and, as it was last night, accidents. Fortunately, I understand that there were no major injuries in last night’s wreck, but the flagman was still down below our house last night until well after 9:00 p.m. as the wreck was being cleaned up. Some people even reported they were stopped at Gillespie Corners while going southbound and had to turn around to go back through Creswell to get home to Lorane.

All of us need to be especially cautious about not riding the center line—any time, any where—but especially right now, in our area.

When learning to drive, I was always taught to keep my eyes to the right—on the fog line of the road—when passing on-coming traffic or rounding a blind curve. Many, I believe, are keeping their eyes to the left, watching the center line. We tend to steer the car we are driving in the direction of where we are looking, so those who are focusing on the center line will hug that line, or even go a bit over it. Those of us who focus on the fog line will tend to stay closer to it. I’ve tested out this theory several times and that’s what happens for me.

We drivers need to take extra measures to ensure that we do not drift over or on that center line at any time, because if we don’t, we’re very liable to meet another driver who is doing the same thing, and head-on collisions are the result. Many will not be as lucky as last night’s drivers were.

We must all be more conscious of our driving practices and correct anything that needs improvement. Our lives and those of others literally depend on it.

Sweet Lorane Community News, September 3, 2015

Awww… the wonderful scent of the first rain-drenched morning following a long dry summer! The rain was so welcome this past week as well as the cooler temperatures. Best of all, maybe our weary fire crews can get a handle on the long battle against forest fires they’ve been fighting around the western states. It’s been a long, hot summer. Welcome, fall!

Lorane community members have been contacted recently by Becky Taylor, Senior Transportation Planner for the Lane County Department of Public Works with an update to the proposed Territorial Highway Corridor Plan. In her report, she tells about the status of the sinking Stony Point curves and the possible solutions that are being investigated.

“We have been collecting information about wetlands and geology – investigating what it will take to implement the preferred design alternative that was supported through the public process. There are design solutions for mitigating wetland impacts; however, the geological findings at Stony Point prompted further analysis of the preferred design alternative.

“The results of our geotechnical readings over the past several months indicate movement at the active slide at Stony Point. The stabilization needed to construct the preferred design alternative could be cost-prohibitive and would have a significant footprint. We have identified a range of possible alternative solutions, such as structural anchoring and terracing. It may be necessary to consider alignment adjustments for cuts into the hillside…”

Becky and members of her office will be meeting with the three primary landowners whose properties will be most affected by the proposed changes and updates will be issued as more information is available.

The Lorane Celebration is right around the corner, on Saturday, September 12. An early morning walk-about is being planned at 8:00 a.m. If you wish to participate, wear your walking shoes and meet at the fire hall. All other events, sponsored by our local organizations, will begin at 10:00 a.m. – garage/yard sales, craft tables, quilt show, lunch, baked goods, children’s activities, including a bounce house and carnival games, and an emergency preparedness program at the fire hall. There will be a barbecue beginning at 5:00 p.m., and an outdoor movie will be shown on the side of the Rebekah hall at dusk. Please plan on attending. A lot of volunteers have joined together to make this happen, and it should be a fun day for everyone.

As I write this, our family is gearing up for the first home UO game of the season. The six season tickets have arrived and it’s been determined which of us will be using them. I gave mine up several years ago… I’d rather watch the games at home where I can actually see what’s happening. The trend is now for everyone to stand through most of the games. We’re all Duck fans, but I’m also a Beaver fan when they’re not playing the Ducks… So, “Go Ducks AND Beavers!”

Volleyball season started early for the Creswell High School teams. Our granddaughter, Hannah, is playing on the JV team and Jim and I are going to start wearing red Bulldog shirts on Wednesdays. So, in addition to “Go Cougars!” (we’ll be supporting daughter/coach Michele’s, Crow team, too), we’ll now add “Go Bulldogs!” to our repertoire.

The deadline for submissions to our first annual Groundwaters “issue” has passed and I’m putting the final touches on the 200-page paperback book that we’ll be publishing in early October. Our youngest granddaughter, Natalie, has written a couple of amazing Halloween stories that we are including in it. So, kudos to Nat! Her grandpa and I are looking forward to watching her play volleyball for her first year at Creswell Middle School, too.

So, come on Fall… we’re ready for you!