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Northeast 68th Street project open house set for Tuesday

By , Columbian staff reporter

The latest information on planned sidewalk and street improvements on the south side of Northeast 68th Street in Hazel Dell will be presented during a Tuesday open house.

Clark County and the city of Vancouver will partner on the project, with Clark County building missing sidewalk segments for about 5,500 feet and the city making street improvements for about 1,400 feet.

Construction is tentatively scheduled for 2021.

The open house will be from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the cafeteria/common room at Hazel Dell Elementary School, 511 N.E. Anderson St., Vancouver.

Residents can meet with project managers, designers and traffic engineers, ask questions and offer their own thoughts and comments. Maps of the proposed improvements will be available for review.

Only a few sections of sidewalk exist on the street, from Northeast Highway 99 east to Northeast St. Johns Road. About 3,300 vehicles a day use this section.

If you go

What: Open house on Northeast 68th Street sidewalk and street improvements.

When: 4:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Where: Hazel Dell Elementary School, 511 N.E. Anderson St., Vancouver.

Most of the street section is located in unincorporated Hazel Dell, although a portion west of Northeast St. Johns Road is inside the city limits.

Building a sidewalk on Northeast 68th Street has been a long-standing priority for residents in the area. Along portions of the street, there isn’t even a narrow shoulder for pedestrians to use.

Besides building missing sidewalk sections, the county intends to add crosswalks at Northeast 14th, 17th and 28th avenues and at the entrance to Hazel Dell Community Park, 2300 N.E. 68th St., Vancouver. It will also install street lighting and pedestrian warning signs at each crosswalk.

The county also may provide a rapid-flashing pedestrian beacon at the Northeast 14th Avenue crossing.

Estimated projects costs are $3 million for the county and $1.5 million for the city.