A long-awaited project to upgrade and provide urban standards for Southeast First Street, constructed as a rural two-lane roadway, is in its beginning stages.
The City has hired consultants MacKay Sposito to assist in the environmental assessment, traffiic study and design of future First Street improvements. This effort has just gotten underway in November 2013. The environmental process is expected to be completed about the middle of 2014. Though construction is not currently funded, completion of design and environmental work is expected to enhance the project's potential for receiving grants.
As work progresses, the City will be reaching out to neighbors adjacent to and nearby the First Street corridor to gather input and provide information about the project and design options. Please watch for additional information to be posted on the City's website and provided to nearby neighborhood associations.
The City of Vancouver has received two federal grants, a total of $1.6 million, for project design and limited rights-of-way acquisition. The City's local match for the project to date is $670,000. Additional funding will be needed to complete rights-of-way purchases and construct the project.
This improvement project will enhance safety, increase capacity and provide much needed urban upgrades for this arterial street.
The Southeast First Street Improvement Project was identified and listed in the City's annual Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) since the area was annexed to Vancouver. It continues as part of the City's most recent TIP for 2014-2019, adopted by the Vancouver City Council in 2013.