Council gives green light to ‘E’ Street contract

Project is expected to begin in the fall

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The Washougal City Council has approved a $599,602 “E” Street contract with Wallis Engineering, of Vancouver.

The professional services agreement, approved 6 to 1 last night, includes construction administration, engineering and field inspection, quality control testing, bidding assistance and preparation of record drawings. Councilman Dave Shoemaker voted against the agreement.

The “E” Street project will include conversion of the road width to two through-lanes and a center left turn lane, as well as bike lanes and sidewalks from Sixth to 32nd streets. Construction is expected to start in the fall.

Earlier this year, the council voted to remove a roundabout at 17th and “E” streets from the project plans. Funding sources for the $7.1 million project are expected to include traffic impact fees, federal funds, C-TRAN, a Community Development Block Grant, the Congestion Mitigation & Air Quality Improvement program and a state Transportation Impact Board grant.

During last night’s meeting, the council voted unanimously to authorize Mayor Sean Guard to sign a supplemental agreement with the Washington State Department of Transportation for crosswalk lighting near Hathaway Elementary School. That project, to be paid for with $150,000 in federal funds, involves crossing signal and advance signage from “E” and 23rd streets to “E” and 26th streets.