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Eric Florip

transportation & environment reporter


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State Highway 502 hits expansion milestone

By Eric Florip September 15, 2014 6 a.m.

The ongoing expansion of state Highway 502 between Interstate 5 and Battle Ground marked a milestone recently as crews began paving a stretch of the roadway, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.

Judge: C-Tran veto rule invalid if board changes

By Eric Florip September 12, 2014 6:20 p.m.

The veto power written into the C-Tran Board of Directors’ bylaws could be in jeopardy if the makeup of the board changes, following a Clark County judge’s ruling Friday.

White Salmon wildfire 80 percent contained

By Eric Florip September 12, 2014 1:13 p.m.

A wildfire burning near White Salmon was 80 percent contained as of this afternoon, but continues to create potential hazards and slowing on state Highway 14 in the Columbia River, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

C-Tran hones downtown BRT design

By Eric Florip September 11, 2014 8:59 p.m.

As Andrew Buckner looked over concept images of a planned bus rapid transit station in downtown Vancouver, one detail stood out.

C-Tran approves new labor contract with drivers

By Eric Florip September 9, 2014 8:25 p.m.

The C-Tran Board of Directors on Tuesday approved a new labor contract with its largest employee group, ending a negotiation process that lasted two years.

Transportation plan draft hits the road

By Eric Florip September 6, 2014 5:59 p.m.

In 20 years, a larger economy and a larger population figure to put an even bigger strain on Washington's highways, roads and rails. An ongoing update to a statewide transportation plan aims to help answer the question: How will the state's already-aging infrastructure keep up?

Clark County's warm summer brings bountiful harvests

By Eric Florip September 5, 2014 7:06 p.m.

Vancouver's warmest summer on record has brought good news to local farmers.

Bridge in Brush Prairie: Flood zone of concern

By Eric Florip and Tyler Graf September 1, 2014 6 a.m.

Planned upgrades to a county bridge in Brush Prairie have at least one family worried that the job ignores the real problem of flooding, and could make it worse.

Biomass project nets $200k state grant

By Eric Florip August 27, 2014 5:37 p.m.

A $200,000 state grant will support a new biomass-fueled power plant near Stevenson expected to be operational next year, Gov. Jay Inslee announced Wednesday. The money will go to Wind River Biomass Utility, which has pursued the project will local, state and federal partners.

Leaders celebrate completion of Salmon Creek project

By Eric Florip August 27, 2014 7:17 p.m.

Seventeen years after planning began, state transportation officials and local leaders celebrated the end of the $133 million Salmon Creek Interchange Project with a ribbon-cutting ceremony today.

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