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Community Open House for Connect Washougal Grade Separation Project

On 14 November 2018, BergerABAM senior project manager, Brian Carrico discusses the Connect Washougal preferred option, the 32nd Street underpass, with a Washougal community member. Photo credit: Jacob Granneman/ClarkCountyToday.com

The city of Washougal is tucked along the Columbia River basin on the Washington and Oregon State border, about 15 miles east of Vancouver, Washington. Because of the growth in the area, the city is encountering increased traffic and added pressure to existing roadways and intersections. To alleviate pressure points and eliminate existing safety conflicts with the at-grade rail crossing, the City is advancing plans to complete the north/south grade separation in the vicinity of 27th Street and improve the flow of the east/west connections in an effort called the Connect Washougal Grade Separation project. The project involves alternatives analysis, site investigations, and concept development for a grade separation near 27th Street.

The project time line, broken into five phases over the next 5 to 10 years, will include defining the project, environmental review and preliminary design, securing funding and right-of-way acquisition, final design, and construction. During the summer of 2018, as part of the project’s first phase, the BergerABAM team created communication materials, conducted stakeholder interviews, and established a project advisory committee. On
14 November 2018, a community open house was held to encourage residents to be a part of the project’s process. The City outlined eight project alternatives and ranked the project options based on a number of variables, including costs and traffic impacts. Approximately 90 community members attended the open house and were asked to select their favorite project option, as well as provide feedback.

The goals of the Connect Washougal Grade Separation project include enabling economic development, enhancing safety and accessibility, improving commercial and resident access, alleviating traffic congestion, and providing new bike and pedestrian opportunities. Next steps for the project include continuing the development of the preferred option and document review in preparation of formal council adoption of the preferred option. Following adoption, the BergerABAM team will begin preliminary design and the environmental permitting process.

Visit www.connectwashougal.com for more information about the Connect Washougal Grade Separation project and to follow the project’s progress.

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