Whipple Creek project advances; crews prepare for bridge

Work will include new stretch of 10th Avenue, 450-foot, two-lane span

By Dameon Pesanti, Columbian staff writer

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Construction crews continued to lay the groundwork for a new stretch of Northeast 10th Avenue and a bridge over Whipple Creek on Monday.

When completed, the 450-foot, two-lane, concrete bridge will stand close to 48 feet above the creek. It’s expected to last for 75 to 100 years.

The work is part of a larger project to improve Northeast 10th Avenue from Northeast 154th Street north to Northeast 164th Street.

“The 10th Avenue project will complete a portion of the planned transportation network of this region,” said Troy Pierce of Clark County Public Works, noting there’s no roadway there at all. “It closes the gap.”

It’ll also improve area connectivity before the surrounding land develops in the future.

In the near-term, the project will ease congestion related to events at Sunlight Supply Amphitheater or at the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds.

Northeast 10th Avenue is closed to most traffic between Northeast 154th and 164th streets on both sides of Whipple Creek during construction, according to a county news release on the project. Residents, emergency vehicles and deliveries will have access, but they may encounter delays.

Cascade Bridge was awarded the $14.62 million contract by Clark County. Workers broke ground on the project in late May. It is expected to be finished in September of next year.