County citizens take Highway 6 concerns to Northwest Area Commissions on Transportati

Concerns about the safety and traffic on Highway 6 have brought a group of citizens together.

Tom Messenger, of Pacific City, is spearheading a proposal about fixes to Highway 6 that he will present to the Northwest Area Commissions on Transportation (ACT) Thursday. ACT deals with regional and local transportation issues, and work with other local organizations to helps schedule funded transportation projects.

By Chelsea Yarnell
Guest Contributor

“Highway 6 needs help, a lot of help,” Messenger told the Tillamook City Council on Nov. 5.

According to Messenger, the traffic on the highway has increased by 20 percent over the past six years. Due in part, to the average 36,000 people who are moving to the Portland-metro area each year.

“Where are those people going on the weekend,” Messenger asked. “The beach.”

Messenger also noted that his research has indicated an increase in commuter traffic on Highway 6.

Messenger’s proposal suggests that Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) consider adding three additional passing lanes, as there is currently 23 miles without passing lanes along Highway 6.

The proposal advises the passing lanes be added near milepost 16, 22, and 35.5.

Rumble strips are also an additional suggestion to prevent lane cross-overs and run-off-road accidents.

Messenger requested that the City of Tillamook write a letter of support for his proposal, which the City agreed to, unanimously.

Other local organizations in support of the proposal include: Hampton Lumber, Tillamook School District 9, Tillamook PUD, Tillamook Adventist Health, Port of Tillamook Bay and the Tillamook Area Chamber of Commerce.