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Guest Column: Traffic congestion is a serious safety hazard

Chronic traffic congestion is more than a motorist annoyance. It is a serious safety hazard. A good example is the intersection of Industrial Way and Oregon Way. When car and truck traffic is at a standstill, access to businesses in this critical corridor is blocked for emergency vehicles. As most of us have experienced, it […]

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House set to approve $16B transportation package

Washington’s House of Representatives was expected to approve a transportation package late Tuesday that will bring $110 million into Cowlitz County. The Senate on Monday approved the $16 billion bill on a 39-9 vote. It will raise the gas tax by 7 cents a gallon Aug. 1 and 4.9 cents a gallon July 1, 2016. […]

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Finish the job, Olympia

We need a comprehensive statewide transportation budget passed immediately. And that budget must include improvements to SR432. If you’ve driven to Seattle lately, you know what a nightmare the congestion is all across Puget Sound. Headed to Portland last Wednesday for the morning commute? You might have been one of the unlucky ones who was […]

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Guest column: An intersection that needs fixing now

Long queues of log trucks trying to clear the Industrial Way and Oregon Way intersection loaded with goods to overseas markets. Motorists stuck on the Lewis and Clark Bridge because of an accident. Commuters trapped in snarled traffic. Freight trucks immobilized by congestion. Emergency vehicles slowed from reaching injured people. Bikers and pedestrians put in […]

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