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May 2018

A New Bridge on Old Olympic Highway

The new McDonald Bridge is safer, wider, and more earthquake resistant.

On 1 May 2018, the McDonald Creek Bridge on Old Olympic Highway between Sequim and Port Angeles, Washington, opened to much community celebration, homemade pies, and the approval of old pioneer families still living in the area. Despite delays in construction caused by snow and bad weather, the project nevertheless stayed within budget and offers a bridge that is safer, wider, and more earthquake resistant than the old bridge that was built in 1957.

Being Prepared - For the Next 10 Years with the Boy Scouts of America

“School’s out for the summer.”

When the Boy Scouts of America’s Cascade Pacific Council, #492, opens their Camp Meriwether and Camp Clark for the summer, boys and girls from ages 8 through 13 in both Oregon and Washington states can’t wait to start rock climbing, boating, biking, target practice, and exploring the 2 miles of scenery on the private beach south of Cape Lookout, Oregon.

The Cascade Pacific Council provides youth development programs to families and community organizations in 18 counties of northwest Oregon and southwest Washington. With their purpose of preparing young people for a lifetime of leadership, they needed to plan for future improvements at their youth camps (Meriwether and Clark) located in Tillamook County, Oregon. As a result, they turned to BergerABAM to assist with master planning and permitting their next 10 years of improvements.

From Vision to Reality – Celebrating Main Street in Bothell

The Bothell community gathers at the intersection of Main Street and 101st Street for the Main Street Enhancement Project ribbon-cutting ceremony. Photo credit: City of Bothell, Young Reflections Photography

On Saturday, 28 April 2018, members of the community, including public officials and business owners, gathered in the city of Bothell to celebrate the completion of the Main Street Enhancement Project. The celebration kicked off with a ribbon-cutting at the intersection of Main Street and 101st Street, followed by speeches from the City Mayor, Andy Rheaume, and a representative from the Transportation Improvement Board.

Main Street in Bothell is over 100 years old and home to several diners and shops reminiscent of the era. From the onset of the project, it was an important part of the overall vision to preserve this historic downtown streetscape. The enhancement project included travel lane reconstruction, utilities replacement, parking reconfiguration, and sidewalk improvements to provide a pedestrian-friendly atmosphere while maintaining smooth traffic flow through the area. The enhancements incorporated concepts of urban design and landscape architecture that upheld the area’s historic charm, yet also captured the community’s vision for future downtown Bothell.