FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Ridgefield Reopens S. 85th Avenue for Travel
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Steve Wall, Public Works Director
Ridgefield, WA, Septemebr 24, 2009 – As of September 23rd, motorists can once again travel on S. 85th Avenue between NE 259th Street and S. 5th Street in the City of Ridgefield. S. 85th Avenue north of NE 259th Street is within the City Limits and is the extension of the NE 10th Avenue in the County.
The S. 85th Avenue Reconstruction Project, which received funding and began design in 2005, was made possible through moneys received from the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) and the U.S. Rural Surface Transportation Program (STP). The total project cost was approximately $869,000, with approximately $618,000 and $207,000 in grant funding from TIB and STP, respectively. The remaining project funding of $44,000 was provided through the City’s transportation impact fee fund.
This project was necessary to replace a badly worn 0.3 mile stretch of road that was originally constructed with concrete panels. The concrete panels were overlain with thin layers of asphalt through the years and over time, as the panels shifted, large cracks and potholes formed. In addition, there were no pedestrian facilities or stormwater facilities on this stretch of road. Reconstruction of the roadway improved the surface, widened the road, added pedestrian and stormwater facilities and street lighting. Construction of the project was completed by Kerr Contractors, Inc. of Woodburn, Oregon. Kerr completed the project on-time and partnered with the City to complete the project at a cost very near to their original contract bid.
Steve Wall, Public Works Director, said: "The reconstruction and widening of this roadway will substantially improve the ability of cars, trucks, pedestrians and bicyclists to access nearby employment centers. It also extends improvements to the roadway corridor that were first initiated by the County with the NE 10th Avenue project completed in 2004. The City would like to publicly thank the Transportation Improvement Board and the Rural Surface Transportation Program for providing the funds for this project in 2005 and making it possible."
The City of Ridgefield, incorporated in 1909, is a rapidly growing community located in northern Clark County, Washington approximately 10 miles north of Vancouver, Washington. Over the next 10 to 15 years, the City of Ridgefield expects to grow to a population of over 20,000 persons with an employment base of over 13,000 jobs. The City has adopted a Council-City Manager form of government. The City Manager acts as the chief executive officer of the City overseeing daily operations, annual budget development and implementation, and personnel. The City Manager works with a management team composed of the Director of Finance and Administration, the Community Development Director, the Public Works Director and the Police Chief to insure that community services are provided and that the policy directives of the City Council are carried out in the most efficient manner possible.