PROJECT DETAILS: Construction of the Brady Road Improvements from NW 16th Avenue to Pacific Rim Blvd. is scheduled to start the week of September 16, 2019, and will extend through the Summer of 2020. Work expected to occur this Fall and Winter includes relocation of the existing overhead utilities to a joint utility trench, installation of new underground utilities and retaining wall construction. While the project will include the installation of a temporary lane on the west side of the existing pavement to facilitate two-way traffic during construction, motorists will likely experience delays when driving through the project. For this reason motorists are strongly encouraged to use alternate routes as available and to budget additional commute time. The project was awarded to Rotschy, Inc. of Vancouver at the City Council Meeting held on August 19th for their bid price of $5,684,212.54. The improvements will include one lane in each direction with a center left-turn lane or raised median, bike lanes, sidewalks, storm water collection, water and sewer system improvements, landscaping, lighting and other related improvements.
Status: Construction will begin the week of September 16, 2019 and will extend through the Summer of 2020
3rd Avenue Bridge seismic retrofit
The NE 3rd Avenue Bridge in Camas is a two span structure carrying 4 lanes of traffic over the Washougal River. The bridge is comprised of two side by side structures, the first being a 1947 steel girder bridge which was then widened in 1970 with a concrete girder bridge. The bridge provides a critical arterial link between the cities of Camas and Washougal, and has ADT’s in the range of 10k. Camas has received Federal Funding through the WSDOT Local Bridge Program to design and construct seismic and other related improvements.
For more information please contact: Public Works 360.817.1563
In December 2018, the City purchased the building located across the street from City Hall (Previously home to Bank of America). City staff are currently in the process of completing a space and use study for departments and services at City Hall to finalize decisions of the services that will be relocating to the newly acquired annexed building. A rennovation project will commence immediately following the decisions for re-location of staff and services in the summer of 2019.
Rennovation will include:
For additional information please call Public Works at 360.817.1563
On July 15, 2019, City Council passed an ordinance to place a bond levy of up to $78 million on the Nov. 5, 2019, ballot. We invite you to read about the project and take part in upcoming events! View full project details, including facility renderings and citizen comments, at:
Why $78 Million?
This amount reflects the cost of the programs and amenities requested by Camas citizens through numerous public involvement opportunities. This includes in-person and online open houses, City Council workshops and meetings, Parks & Recreation Department and Parks & Recreation Commission outreach, and community surveys.
The bond levy would fund the construction of a new 78,000-square-foot community aquatics center with recreational swimming pool, competitive swimming pool, gym, and community rooms. The bond levy would also fund the renovation of three existing City-owned sports fields with artificial turf, lights, and other improvements: Forest Home Park, Prune Hill Sports Park, and Dorothy Fox Park. Here is a look at the cost breakdown of the $78 million bond levy total:
Community Aquatics Center
Subtotal: $72 million
Sports Field Retrofits
Subtotal: $6 million
Construction of the community aquatics center is slated for the south side of NE Lake Road across from Heritage Park. This property is owned by the City and located within the Camas recreation corridor.
The project includes significant parking and traffic enhancements – not only at the site of the new community aquatics center, but also nearby – to ensure maximum access, efficient traffic flow, and heightened safety for pedestrians, motorists, and cyclists.
At Heritage Park, 100 vehicle and eight trailer parking stalls will be added for a total of 152 vehicle and 53 trailer parking spaces.
Lacamas Lake Lodge will maintain its 66 existing vehicle parking spaces.
At the community aquatics center itself, 134 vehicle parking spaces will be constructed. Patrons may also utilize parking at Heritage Park and Lacamas Lake Lodge.
These parking projects add 242 new parking spaces for a total of 405 spaces in the area.
Additional frontage improvements, site work, and Lake Road upgrades will be implemented.
A traffic signal will be installed at the intersection of NW Sierra Street and NW Lake Road.
The upcoming roundabout at NE Everett Street and NE Lake Road will further promote access, traffic flow, and safety.
Project Impact & Timing
If the bond is approved by voters, starting in 2021 residents will pay an additional $1.04 per $1,000 in assessed property value. This equates to approximately $474 per year for a household with an assessed property value of $464,400 (the median assessed value in Camas).
The timing of the bond will ease the overall financial impact on taxpayers. 2021 is the same year that $1.32 of Camas School District bond levy taxes, as well as 12 cents in Camas Public Library building construction levy taxes, will expire. At that time, the addition of the aquatics center and sports field bond levy and the reduction in the School District and Library taxes will result in a net reduction of 40 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value.
Note: Library services will remain at the same high level. 2021 is the known, scheduled end of the library building bond levy, which began in 2005 to fund necessary building and infrastructure projects. All have been completed.
Partnerships & Funding
The City is exploring every opportunity for funding and partnerships (including Camas School District, private donors, and corporations) to reduce the financial impact on its citizens while providing robust opportunities for recreation and community amenities.
Camas City Council and the City of Camas will continue to seek input from the community on the center’s final design. We look forward to seeing you at our Camas Days booth, July 26 and 27, in Crown Park. Residents can also expect to receive future project updates and a Fall Open House invitation mailed directly to their homes.
The City is in the design and planning phase for the development of Crown Park.
For further information please call the Public Works Department at 360.817.1563.
For more information about City of Camas Parks Projects:
Other Parks Projects: http://www.cityofcamas.us/parkshome/68-parkscat/819-parksprojects