Purely local: Returning home from Portland yesterday, we drove the new Newberg-Dundee bypass in Yambill County. The long-awaited bypass. Compared for the travel available upt to now on Highway 99, it is an improvement. Here’s hoping it can become more of one.
The new road – there aren’t a lot of “new” roads these days, are there? – was good. It was an easy, pleasant drive of four to five miles, and it showed off some areas off to the side of Newberg and Dundee. Travel speeded up; all of it was traversed at highway speed.
And it will divide the traffic volume heading through the area, which alone will help diminish the periodic parking lot at Dundee.
But . . . the northeast-side entrance, coming in from the Sherwood area, is balky and clumsy; you have to do several lengthy twists and turns, some of them not intuitive, to get to the actual new road. It wouldn’t surprise if some people miss the route or just say the hell with it.
And it falls a couple of miles short of connecting directly with the old, existing, Dayton bypass, which would help a great deal.
These may be projects for the future. Hopefully. – rs