Location: Mill Plain Elementary School 400 S.E. 164th Ave, Vancouver, WA 98684
The public is invited to an Open House for the Southeast First Street Improvement Project from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 1, in the Mill Plain Elementary School gymnasium. This is an informal, two-hour Open House designed to allow neighbors and others interested in the project an opportunity to view the proposed design and speak with the project team about future improvements to this key east Vancouver corridor. No formal presentations are planned. Drop by at any time!
A long-awaited project to upgrade and provide urban standards for Southeast First Street, constructed as a rural two-lane roadway, is underway. The project will upgrade the existing two-lane rural road to a complete urban streem system, with sidewalks, bike facilities, bioretention for stormwater, street lights and sound walls where required.
The entire Southeast First Street Project reaches from 164th Avenue to 192nd Avenue. Using traffic volumes now and projected 20 years into the future, the proposed design envisions a three-lane street, with one lane in each direction and a center turn lane. Near the intersection of 164th Avenue, the design provides for a three-lane street along with a right-turn lane and dual left-turn lanes. First Street at 192nd Avenue is currently six lanes and would remain that way under the current design.
The current design and environmental work for this project is funded by $1.6 million in federal grants and about $700,000 in matching City funds. To best utilize current those resources, efforts are primarily focused on the segment of First Street from 164th Avenue to 177th Avenue. This is expected to allow for some limited right-of-way acquisition in this segment, as well.
Please note: There is currently no identified funding for completion of the right-of-way process or for construction of improvements. The City is continuing to seek funding opportunities for this high-priority project.
Design and necessary environmental work began in late 2013.
Entering September 2015, environmental work, including consideration of historical areas, has been completed. Current design is approximately 30 percent complete, and appraisal of some necessary right-of-way areas has begun. Federal funding requires all right-of-way acquisition strictly comply with laws/regulations that provide for uniform and equitable treatment for persons whose property is acquired for public use.
Stakeholder interviews with some key adjacent properties have been conducted, and an open house gathering for Cascade Estates was held in late August 2015. Proposed design maps shown at the open house can be found below.
This improvement project will enhance safety, increase capacity, improve the road surface, and increase connectivity for homeowners, employees and businesses along the corridor.
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, adopted by the Vancouver City Council. It also has been identified as a priority improvement in the Section 30 Subarea Plan (2009).