Waterfront access project to enter new phase



Construction crews will rearrange downtown Vancouver street closures next week as the city’s Waterfront Access Project enters a new phase.

Starting Monday, the Jefferson Street at-grade railroad crossing will close permanently, cutting the road off to traffic. A newly built Grant Street will open from West Eighth Street south, linking to a new connector at West Sixth and Seventh streets. The road will pass under a new railroad bridge just west of Esther Short Park.

Eighth Street will remain closed to the west of Grant, while crews build a new connector road linking Eighth to Jefferson. Harney Street will also close to all but local traffic between West Evergreen Boulevard and Eighth Street, according to the city.

Workers closed the railroad crossing at Eighth Street earlier this year. With the crossings at Eighth and Jefferson both closed, trains will no longer be required to blow their horns in the area, according to the city.

The work is part of a $45 million project to create public access to the former Boise Cascade site along the Columbia River. Officials believe the effort could spur new development on the waterfront.

The entire project is scheduled for completion by the end of the year, according to the city.