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Railroad crossing replacement to close NE St. Johns Road, Nov. 21-24

A contractor working for Clark County Public Works will replace the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad crossing on NE St. Johns Road near NE 68th Street.

The work will require temporarily closing NE St. Johns Road at the railroad crossing to all traffic. The closure will begin no earlier than 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, and end no later than 5 a.m. Monday, Nov. 24, a maximum of 56 hours.

Beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, the contractor will close one lane in each direction on NE St. Johns Road. For the next three hours, traffic will be able to cross the railroad. However, there will be delays, and drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes from 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, through 5 a.m., Monday, Nov. 24.

The county has coordinated with the city of Vancouver and C-Tran. Emergency services – police, fire, ambulance and 911 dispatch – are aware of this closure and will reroute emergency response as necessary.

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.

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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PO Box 9810
Vancouver, WA 98666-9810

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