The Cascade Locks Port Commission will hold a brief groundbreaking ceremony for the new cul-de-sac NE Columbia Gorge Way, Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. in the Port’s Business Park.
NE Columbia Gorge way is a new roadway to serve business development in the Port of Cascade Locks’ Business Park, located in Cascade Lock. The finished project will result in a new cul-de-sac road to the quarry, with full infrastructure - water, sewer, power, stormwater, and fiber. The street is designed with sidewalks, bike lanes, street lights, and utility stub-outs to serve four new lots, including the Pear Puff Factory and Fish Processing projects. This infrastructure project will also improve dedicated public access to Herman Creek Cove for local fishing and boating activities, according to Port marketing and development manager Holly Howell.
The project budget is $900,000. All funding for the project comes from the Port’s dedicated development fund, proceeds from recent land sales. Summit Excavation from Dallesport, Wash. was selected as the low bidder of six companies.
The Port’s project engineers are Jim Bussard of Bussard Engineering and Darrin Eckman of Tenneson Engineering. Mobilization began on Aug. 17. The construction is anticipated to take three months. Access to local recreation amenities including Herman Creek, Blackberry Beach, and the easyCLIMB trail may be impacted temporarily this fall. A ribbon cutting ceremony is anticipated in November, date to be determined.