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Left turn makes sense to Newport candyman

Modified: Friday, Jul 4th, 2014

Robert Hoefs thinks that eliminating a southbound left-turn lane off the Yaquina Bay Bridge would be bad news for his proposed restaurant at the corner of U.S. 101 and SE 32nd Street. (Photo by Rockne Roll)

NEWPORT — Predictably, Robert Hoefs is concerned about tentative plans by the city and state to eventually move the traffic signal at the SE 32nd Street-U.S. 101 intersection three blocks south during the next few years.

Hoefs, a Newport native who owns four candy-production businesses in the city, wants to build a 2,500-square-foot restaurant on property at the southeast corner of 32nd Street that’s been in his family since 1968.

He’s worried that if state eliminated the current southbound left-turn lane, which is being considered as part of the Oregon Department of Transportation’s future highway improvement plan, his proposed business would suffer financially because direct southbound access from the bridge would be denied.

“It would landlock my business, the hotels (LaQuinta Inn and Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites) and other businesses in the area for southbound traffic,” Hoefs said Thursday.

For the complete article see the 07-04-2014 issue.

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