Camas road connection opens for business

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A road connecting Southeast 20th Street to Northwest 38th Avenue in Camas opened for business Thursday.

Camas broke ground on the road extension in March, promising that the half-mile stretch of road would further open up swatches of land to new development. It's the first of a two-phase project bisecting the land.

So far, the city says, it's realizing its goal.

"We've already created 400 jobs because of the announcement of that road," Mayor Scott Higgins said Thursday at a Camas-Washougal Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

Those jobs will come from a planned expansion of the Fisher Investments campus at 5225 N.W. Fisher Creek Dr., near the connection. The Silicon Valley-based company, which manages $49 billion in assets, plans to build a second five-story building, which can accommodate up to 700 jobs.

Other projects are also on the horizon, Higgins said.

The road will be open to the public over the weekend, Higgins said, but may have closures or detours in the near future to accommodate landscaping and railing work.