Wednesday, August 7, 2002
Two public meetings will be held on August 14 and 15 as part of the environmental review of 32 proposed unstable slope stabilization projects along State Route 14 in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area in Skamania and Klickitat counties.
The projects are located between milepost 25 (near Belle Center Road just inside the Skamania County line) and milepost 87 (Horsethief Canyon bridge west of Wishram Heights in Klickitat County).
The Aug. 14 meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at the White Salmon Library. The Aug. 15 meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at the Skamania County PUD building in Carson.
WSDOT is in the process of conducting an environmental review on the proposed projects and is seeking input from residents and business-owners throughout the affected area on the ways in which WSDOT plans to stabilize the slopes and on the environmental assessment itself.
Over the last year, WSDOT has been working very closely with the United States Forest Service, the Columbia River Gorge Commission and local jurisdictions on creating mitigation plans for the 32 unstable slopes projects located inside the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.
After the environmental review process is completed, each individual project will be scheduled for construction over the next 20 years as funding becomes available and depending on their placement on a prioritization list.
At both public meetings, presentation materials will be available for review and WSDOT will be explain the materials and answer questions.
A formal presentation will be made at 7 p.m. Both verbal and written comments from the public will be accepted.
Written comments may also be submitted until September 16, 2002, to: John Meerscheidt, Herrera Environmental Consultants, 2200 Sixth Avenue, Suite 601, Seattle, WA 98121-1820.
For more information on the project, please contact WSDOT's Columbia River Gorge Area Office in Vancouver at (360) 759-1310.