County accepting 2015 picnic shelter reservations
People can reserve picnic shelters in five county parks for the 2015 season. Reservations can be made online at www.clark.wa.gov/parks or by calling (360) 397-2285. Shelters can be reserved for specific days between May 1, 2015 and Sept. 30, 2015.
Please note that reservations are not required for non-exclusive use of parks facilities. They are available free of charge, on a first-come, first served basis, unless the facility is reserved for exclusive use for a special event.
Traffic shifting to new NE 139th Street interchange on Interstate 5
Drivers are quickly discovering the benefits of the new interchange, a joint project between Clark County Public Works and the Washington State Department of Transportation.
The Salmon Creek Interchange Project opened on Aug. 27. After three weeks, more than one-third of the vehicles getting off of Interstate 5 northbound in Salmon Creek are using the NE 139th Street exit.
The county also is seeing reductions in traffic volumes on NE 134th Street, another indication that more motorists are using NE 139th Street.
Construction wrapping up on two new neighborhood parks
A contractor working for Clark County Public Works is starting to wrap up construction of two new parks.
The county's contractor, Thompson Bros. Excavating Inc. of Vancouver, is building Chinook Neighborhood Park in Salmon Creek and Dogwood Neighborhood Park north of Orchards.
Both parks should be completed this fall for the Greater Clark Parks District. The county has built 25 parks and 26 sports fields since voters approved the parks district in 2005. Construction was on hold in 2012 and 2013 because of a reduction in county revenue linked to the downturn in construction, home sales and property values.
County to upgrade or replace five bridges
Clark County will receive $4.1 million in federal funds to replace one bridge and upgrade four other crossings to withstand earthquakes.
Fifth Plain Creek Bridge, on Northeast 88th Street about a half mile east of Northeast Ward Road, is the last wood support bridge in the county’s inventory of 78 bridges. The bridge will cost an estimated $2.28 million to replace, with federal funds covering 80 percent of the cost.
The county will begin design work in 2013 and complete all five projects by the end of 2015. Permitting, environmental protections and other factors can affect construction schedules. More information >