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County Oks Area Road Projects

Commissioners okay 11 resolutions

The Klickitat County Board of Commissioners signed 11 resolutions to improve county roads on Monday.

According to Klickitat County Assistant Engineer Bjorn Hedges, the resolutions must be signed by the commissioners to clear the paperwork with the state and begin the projects.

Funding for the road work, which totals $4.28 million, is coming from three sources: Klickitat County will contribute $1.43 million; $500,000 is coming from landfill revenue; and the remaining $2.35 million is from federal and state grants.

The projects are all on the county's six-year Transportation Improvement Plan. The Board of Commissioners adopted the plan on Nov. 4, 2002.

According to Hedges, each project that isn't considered maintenance or that changes the width or surface of a road has to have a resolution signed by the commissioners.

The commissioners unanimously passed the resolutions in their weekly consent agenda.

The projects include work on Martin Road and the Herion Bridge, Powerhouse Road, Rattlesnake Road, Oak Ridge Road, Glenwood Highway, the Northwestern Bridge, Canyon Road, Oak Creek Road, Arnett Road, Cove, and Depot roads, and miscellaneous projects.

Prices for the individual projects range from a low of $12,000 to as high as $834,000.

Hedges explained that different terrain causes the swing in prices. For example, Canyon Road is being widened from 20 feet and 22 feet to 28 feet. He said there is a lot of rock to be removed to get the road that wide.

"It's going to be a lot more expensive to get that width than it would in Centerville," Hedges said.

Some of the preliminary work has already begun on the projects, but the main work is waiting for drier weather. Hedges said he doesn't anticipate any road closures, but he said drivers can definitely expect delays on some roads.

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