Preliminary design and environmental documentation in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Washington State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) are being prepared for the Industrial Way / Oregon Way Intersection Project to address traffic congestion, freight truck mobility and safety issues at one of the busiest truck tonnage intersections in our state. Completing this project is an important component of the long-term economic vitality of Cowlitz County by maintaining critical access to commercial and industrial areas in the State Route (SR) 432 corridor. Reducing congestion improves the economic competitiveness of existing large and small businesses, through reliable and timely freight service, and facilitates economic development by keeping freight truck, employees, residents, and tourists moving through the SR 432 corridor.
Goals and Objectives:
- Maintain local business viability
- Improve productivity of vacant lands
- Enhance opportunities for new business development
- Maintain and create job opportunities
- Maintain access to commercial and industrial areas and the Columbia River
- Minimize adverse impacts to the environment and community
- Avoid adverse, disproportionate impacts to special populations within the community
- Improve safety for motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists; and
- Enhance the regional, national and international economic competitiveness of the Port of Longview and existing businesses
The existing highway deficiencies were recognized as early as 1968 when the Washington State Department of Transportation completed a Reconnaissance Report in 1968 and followed by a preliminary design of the Oregon Way Interchange at SR 432 in 1971. By 1988, the Lower Columbia ports requested that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers study the deepening of the Columbia River shipping channel to help the region become competitive in the global marketplace. The river deepening increased interest in moving freight through the region, leading to further study of the transportation system that connects to the Columbia River and the Port of Longview in order to handle increasing volumes of freight.
The project team presented several design concepts at the March 16, 2016 open house. The concepts shown at the open house are only a start as the project team is continuing to develop new concepts as well as refine those shown at the open house.