Northwest 38th Avenue extension project is underway

Creating a road to economic development

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As excavating equipment hums in the background, government and business officials gathered for the ground breaking of the Northwest 38th Avenue/Southeast 20th Street extension project on March 5. Camas Mayor Scott Higgins (left) speaks with Shari Hildreth, deputy district director for U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas.

Camas Mayor Scott Higgins was joined by city, county and state elected officials, as well as local business representatives during a ground breaking ceremony for the Northwest 38th Avenue/Southeast 20th Street extension project.

“We believe this road will be very significant to the future economic development of the city,” Higgins said to the crowd that attended the event on March 5.

The $4.8 million project will extend Northwest 38th Avenue approximately two-thirds of a mile west to the rapidly developing 192nd Avenue corridor. The completed project includes purchase of right-of-way, street construction, storm water drainage system, street lights and installation of water main, and a center left turn lane with curbs and sidewalks on both sides.

The road is flanked by property that is zoned for commercial development, and connects with the nearby Fisher Investments, which has already built two buildings on its property — and there is potential for more.

The road extension is supported through sources including a federal grant administered through the Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council Surface Transportation Program, State Transportation Improvement Board funding and a low interest loan from the State Public Works Trust Fund.

“The things that we can do today to lay the foundation for jobs tomorrow are well worth the time and effort,” said Clark County Commissioner Steve Stuart, who is also a member of the Public Works Board.

Tapani Underground is the contractor on the project.