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Winter weather update - Feb. 21, 2018
Road crews spent Tuesday night and Wednesday morning plowing all primary and secondary routes. Drivers should watch for icy spots and expect packed snow and ice at higher elevations.
With more snow forecasted for Wednesday night, road crews will remain on 12-hour shifts to provide around-the-clock response as needed.
Public Works will adjust its response based on the latest weather forecasts and on-the-ground conditions. Road crews will continue plowing as needed and spreading gravel on curves, hills and other trouble spots where drivers can use more traction.
Residents are urged to plan ahead and travel only if necessary. Please slow down and allow extra travel time. Drivers should watch for children playing in the snow.
Clark County has almost 100 traffic cameras at signalized intersections, primarily in the urban area outside the city of Vancouver. The cameras, which can be accessed at www.clark.wa.gov/public-works/traffic-cameras, provide a handy way for residents to check current conditions at specific locations before leaving home.
Fallen trees or limbs blocking county roads and other problems can be reported to Public Works at 360.397.2446. Downed power lines should be reported to Clark Public Utilities at 360.397.8000.
County offices, including Superior Court and District Court, will open at 10 am Wednesday.
Submit comments on stormwater plan update by Feb. 28
Clark County is seeking public comments on the annual update of its Stormwater Management Plan.
Comments can be submitted by email to email@example.com. Submission deadline is 5 pm Wednesday, Feb. 28.
People can review the current Stormwater Management Plan at www.clark.wa.gov/public-works/clark-county-stormwater-management-plan.
The Stormwater Management Plan describes the various programs used to meet requirements of the county’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System municipal stormwater permit, including:
- Developing stormwater regulations
- Maintaining an inventory of county stormwater facilities
- Building facilities to collect and treat polluted storm runoff
- Operating and maintaining stormwater facilities
- Identifying and eliminating pollutant discharges into the storm system and natural waterways
- Providing education and outreach services to the community.
Construction underway on Otto Brown Neighborhood Park
Work has started on Clark County's next park.
Clark County awarded a contract for building Otto Brown Neighborhood Park to Catworks Construction of Battle Ground. Catworks submitted the low bid, $922,100, of the 10 received for this project.
The park is being developed on a 7.9-acre property on the south side of Northeast 96th Street west of Northeast 162nd Avenue in the Heritage neighborhood.
The park will include a perimeter asphalt path, play equipment, a sports court, wood chip loop paths, a nature play area, picnic tables and benches.
Construction should be complete and the park ready for public use in fall 2018.
Otto Brown Neighborhood Park will be the 31st park built as part of the Greater Clark Parks District.
Volunteer to make our community better in 2018
It's not too late to make a New Year's resolution to help improve parks, trails, roadsides and other public areas.
You can learn more by visiting the volunteer program overview webpage and by watching this December 2017 CVTV video.
2018 parking passes for regional parks available at three locations
Parking passes can be purchased at:
- 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 3 pm Monday through Friday.
All three locations accept cash, checks, credit cards and debit cards, although the Permit Center charges a $2.95 fee for debit and credit card transactions.
Annual passes are good for the calendar year, not for the 12-month period following the sale, so it makes sense to purchase 2018 passes early.
Daily parking fees are $2 for motorcycles, $3 for vehicles, $6 for vehicles with trailers and $8 for buses or motor homes. Annual pass holders will save money if they visit just one of the four parks once a month during 2018.
For more information, go to the parking fees webpage.
Whipple Creek Park's dirt trails restricted during rainy season
Since Nov. 1, 2017, dirt trails are open to foot traffic only at the 300-acre park off Northwest 179th Street. Equestrians and mountain bikers can continue to use gravel trails year-round.
The park’s trails have been plagued by persistent, heavy mud because of poor drainage, clay soils and steep slopes.
To improve trail conditions, volunteers have donated 7,600 hours during the past six years to build reroutes, improve drainage and spread gravel across the park’s main trails, making them accessible year-round. Volunteers also realigned and restored a series of natural surface, or primitive, trails.
Construction to continue in 2018 on Northeast 119th Street project
Work started in early June on the latest project to upgrade the Northeast 119th Street corridor.
McDonald Excavating Inc., a Washougal-based contractor working for Clark County Public Works, will widen and improve the street, from Northeast 50th Avenue to Northeast 72nd Avenue.
Specific improvements include widening the road to a two-lane minor arterial, with a center turn lane; adding sidewalks and bicycle lanes; and building facilities to collect and treat polluted storm runoff. The project also includes water improvements for Clark Public Utilities and sewer improvements for Clark Regional Wastewater District.
This section of Northeast 119th Street will remain open to local residents, emergency responders, school buses and delivery trucks. Through traffic should use alternate routes.
More information is available on the Northeast 119th Street webpage.
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.
Flood season is here
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).
Revisions to Clark County's Stormwater Manual and county code took effect on January 8, 2016. Errata changes took effect December 2, 2016.
Learn about the ongoing cleanup at the former U.S. Army base north of Camas.