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Section of Pacific Highway remains closed after roadbed washout
Northwest Pacific Highway, near Northwest Wellman Avenue just outside the northwest tip of La Center, is closed after a 30-inch culvert failed, causing the roadbed to washout.
Road crews first noticed a hole in the pavement on on Feb. 12. After seeing the roadbed had washed out, they closed the road.
Two days later, sections of the pavement collapsed, causing chunks of asphalt and concrete to fall into the hole.
County road crews removed the remaining pavement over the washout to prevent more pieces from falling into a chasm approximately 17 feet deep.
Public Works is planning for a permanent rebuild of the damaged road, instead of a temporary repair followed by a permanent rebuild. Doing a permanent rebuild would be far less disruptive to the community, as well as less costly.
The road likely will be closed for months. The closure has been cordoned off with concrete barriers, barricades, traffic cones and caution tape. People need to stay out of the closure area because more of the roadway could collapse.
This video, taken by a drone operator on Feb. 13, shows the badly undermined road. The video was shot before big chunks of concrete and asphalt collapsed into the cavern created by the roadbed washout.
Help us shape the future for the 78th Street Heritage Farm
The 78th Street Heritage Farm in Hazel Dell has a rich history that dates back nearly 150 years to the 1870s, when Clark County started operating a poor farm along the south side of Northeast 78th Street in Hazel Dell.
In 2010, Clark County adopted a master plan that commits the county to preserve the property’s agricultural heritage and history as a poor farm and to encourage use of its agricultural, historical and educational amenities.
During 2019, the county will update this master plan. County residents are encouraged to participate in this process by taking an online survey that asks for input on how they would like to see the property used. Please take the survey no later than Friday, March 15, 2019.
The master plan update will:
- Review changes to the property since the master plan was adopted and incorporate those changes into the master plan.
- Review, validate and potentially revise components in the master plan that have not yet been implemented.
- Review priorities for the farm’s future use without modifying the master plan’s vision and guiding principles (PDF).
For more information, visit the Heritage Farm's master plan update webpage and watch this CVTV video from February 2019.
Winter road preparation starts before cold weather arrives
Learn about how Clark County Public Works prepares for winter weather, including training new road employees, by watching this CVTV video from January 2019.
County opens 10th Avenue Bridge to traffic
A new bridge spanning Whipple Creek south of the Clark County Fairgrounds is open for use by drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.
Clark County Public Works opened the 10th Avenue Bridge to traffic on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019. Some final work still needs to be completed, including finishing a couple sidewalk sections on the bridge’s west side. Until that work is done, only the bridge’s east sidewalk will be open to pedestrians.
There still could be occasional single-lane closures, but the bridge will remain open to traffic during remaining construction.
More information on the project is available on the Northeast 10th Avenue webpage.
2019 parking passes for four regional parks now on sale
Annual passes can be purchased for $30 and are good for the calendar year, not for the 12-month period following the sale.
Annual pass holders will save money if they visit just one of the four regional parks once a month during the year.
Parking passes can be purchased online or at three locations:
- Clark County 78th Street Operations Center, Building A, 4700 NE 78th St. 7 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday.
- Clark County Permit Center, first floor, Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St. 8 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday.
- Battle Ground Community Center, 912 E Main St. 8 am to 4 pm Monday and 8 am to 3 pm Tuesday through Friday.
For more information, go to the parking fees webpage.
Public Work publishes Community Report
The report includes pages about Clean Water, Vegetation Management, Road Maintenance, Traffic Signals, Summer Road Preservation and other services provided by the department's 300-plus employees.
The report contains information about a couple specific road projects, but much of the report is general in nature to ensure it has a longer shelf life.
Click here to read an online version of the Public Works Community Report.
Construction continues on Northeast 119th Street
Rotschy Inc., a Vancouver-based contractor, is in the early stages of a two-year project to improve Northeast 119th Street, from east of Northeast 87th Avenue to Northeast 112th Avenue.
The project is part of Clark County’s multiyear effort to upgrade Northeast 119th Street. Through a series of projects, more than $50 million will be invested to improve the east-west corridor, from a narrow two-lane road with no sidewalks or bicycle lanes, to a modern arterial that meets the needs of a growing community.
For more information on past, present and future projects on Northeast 119th Street, visit the Northeast 119th Street webpage and watch this March 2018 CVTV video.
Sweepers highlight importance of clean streets for clean water
In June 2018, new messaging was added to Public Works' street sweepers to emphasize the connection between street sweeping and clean water.
When it rains, runoff picks up dirt and other debris and carries it to storm drains and eventually on to streams and rivers.
Sweeping county streets helps keep pollutants out of storm drains, thereby reducing water pollution.
Street sweepers now remind residents to "Protect Water - Only Rain in Drain."
Check out this 39-second video that uses time-lapse photography to show how a clean water message was applied to a county sweeper or learn more about Clark County's street sweeping program.
Dogs and clean water
Clark County is home to more than 100,000 dogs. Read about Canines for Clean Water and how you can help keep dog waste out of creeks, rivers and groundwater.
Be ready for flood season
If you live in a flood-prone area, consider purchasing flood insurance now. There is a 30-day waiting period before coverage takes effect. Standard homeowner's insurance does not cover flooding. Learn more on the flood insurance webpage.
Sidewalk curb ramps
Learn why Clark County rebuilds sidewalks on street corners prior to some road preservation projects. Read a one-page flier (PDF) about sidewalk curb ramps and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Park impact fees
Track fund balances (PDF) for park impact fees, the county's primary revenue source for building parks, and review a map showing park impact fee districts (PDF).
Clark County's Stormwater Manual/Code include regulations for land use and development, along with best management practices to minimize the harmful effects of polluted storm runoff.
Learn about the ongoing cleanup at the former U.S. Army base north of Camas.