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Railroad crossing replacement on Lakeshore Avenue set for Nov. 7-9

A contractor working for Clark County will replace the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad crossing on NW Lakeshore Avenue, about one-sixth of a mile south of NW 78th Street.

The work will require temporarily closing NW Lakeshore Avenue at the railroad crossing to all traffic. The closure will begin no earlier than 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, and end no later than 6 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 9, a maximum of 33 hours.

Beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, the contractor will close one lane on NW Lakeshore Avenue. For the next three hours, traffic will be able to cross the railroad, with flaggers alternating north and south traffic, but there will be delays.

Please keep storm drains clear of leaves during rainy season

Wet weather is officially here. So is the potential for street flooding.

Please do not rake, sweep or blow leaves onto the street because they can block storm drains, cause street flooding and create driving hazards.

Clark County provides coupons for free leaf disposal at the following locations:

  • City Bark, 2419 N.E. Andresen Road, (360) 253-8461.
    8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Closed Thanksgiving and Sunday.

  • H & H Wood Recyclers, 8401 N.E. 117th Ave., (360) 892-2805.
    7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday in October; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday in November and December; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Closed Thanksgiving.

  • West Van Materials Recovery Center, 6601 N.W. Old Lower River Road, (360) 737-1727.
    6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Closed Thanksgiving and Sunday.

Residents can clear clogged storm drains by standing in a safe place and using a rake or other garden tool to pull them out of the path of flowing water.

Residents should not attempt to clear storm drains on busy streets. Call Clark County Public Works at (360) 397-2446 to report clogged storm drains or flooding outside city limits.

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 >

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To request public records involving Public Works, contact Anita Temme at (360) 397-6118 ext. 4363 or

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Vancouver, WA 98666-9810

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Photo of Salmon Creek interchangeThe Salmon Creek Interchange Project, one of the biggest public works projects in county history, opened to traffic on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014.