Comments at the Seaside open house were many and varied:
Gordon Benfield, whose house borders the highway: "Do you know what that construction will do to my house? It'll crack the foundation, and they know it."
Taco Time owner Steve Hinton, on his loss of business because of losing an entrance to his property: "If you'll buy me or relocate me that's fine, but don't cut my legs off and give me nothing for it."
Ken Meiser, director of the Seaside Chamber of Commerce, said traffic on side streets would increase because people would use those streets to get to the best intersections.
Susan Edy of 15th Street: "We were just hoping that our street would not be one of the main thoroughfares between Roosevelt and Holladay. Either have them all open or have those little streets closed."
Clatsop County Commissioner Lylla Gaebel: "A total change from two years ago where the perception was ODOT was shoving things down people's throats vs. working with them."
Lorri Trucke, who owns Trucke's One Stop at Avenue U: "I'd like to have more accesses on the highway."
John Dooley: "They've got to do something and I think this is about as good as it's going to get."
Ken Jordan: "This is going to make things miserable, miserable, miserable for the people of Seaside. You want to move thru traffic, put them on a bypass."
Gerardo Ramirez, manager of Mazatlan Restaurant. "It'll help the town and it'll bring safety to people as they try to cross the highway."
Councilor Diana Schafer: "What we should have insisted on was a bypass ... I have consistently voted against this. I will continue to do so. I think it's a terrible thing to do to the city of Seaside."
Marjorie Diebolt, one of the owners of the Flashback Malt Shoppe: "It will take years and some of these businesses will go out of business by then ... It doesn't matter what we say. They're going to do whatever they want."
Kathleen Teeple: "If it alleviates the problem, I'm happy, but if it doesn't I think it's a terrible waste of money, so I'm placing my trust in the experts."
Rod Shutt, owner of Coast Hardware: "I think it would be a huge disaster if it didn't happen ... but when they put this in, my business is screwed."
Kim Meyer, owner of Joe's Seaside Garage: "You can't stop progress."
- Laurel Eddy