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County wins top honors for emergency slide stabilization project


Heath Henderson, Public Works
Phone: (360) 397-6118 ext. 4358

Vancouver, WA – A Clark County project to repair a landslide on Northwest 179th Street in the Sara area has been recognized for excellence by the American Public Works Association’s Washington chapter.

The repair was named Project of the Year in the disaster or emergency construction/repair category for projects less than $5 million. The award was presented last week.

Clark County Public Works closed a short section of Northwest 179th Street in January 2013 after a landslide started undermining the north side of the road, about 1,200 feet west of Northwest 41st Avenue.

Dirt and other material slid into Whipple Creek. Because the repair involved work in the creek, it could be done only during summer months when it would have the least effect on fish populations.

Columbia Pacific Construction Inc., a Woodland-based contractor hired by the county, started the project in early August 2013.

The company excavated material at the bottom of the slide and shored up the embankment. Crews used logs to stabilize the slope and enhance fish habitat in Whipple Creek. A short section of Northwest 179th Street was repaved and opened to through traffic in late September 2013.

Last week’s award was the sixth Project of the Year award Clark County has received from the American Public Works Association’s Washington chapter in recent years. Previous winners were:

• Luke Jensen Sports Park and Mount Vista Rain Gardens in 2013.
• Curtin Creek Enhancement Area in 2011.
• Buncombe Hollow Road Emergency Slide Stabilization in 2010.
• Klineline Bridge Replacement in 2009.

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