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Comment on plans for bridge, wetlands

NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: MICHELLE THOMAS - Washington County planners have determined the Gales Creek Bridge to be inadequate and in need of replacement. Make comments tonight.Two public meetings this week are calling for community participation, starting with an open house about the Gales Creek Road Bridge Project tonight, Wednesday, May 13, at the Gales Creek Fire Station, 52155 N.W. Old Wilson River Road.

From 5 to 7 p.m., Washington County planners will answer questions about proposed replacement of the structurally deficient existing bridge that runs over Gales Creek 500 feet south of Old Wilson River Road. There will be no formal presentation.

A new bridge would be built above the flood plain and widened to provide two 12-foot-wide lanes with shoulders to accommodate cyclists and farm equipment.

Construction is scheduled to begin in spring 2016. Funding is provided through the county’s Major Streets Transportation Improvement Program (MSTIP).

For more information, contact Public Information Officer Kim Haughn at 503-846-7822 or lutproj@co.washington.or.us.

There will also be a meeting Tuesday, May 19, at the Fire Hall in Banks, 300 S. Main St., about the Killin Wetlands Natural Area.

The meeting will run 6 to 7:30 p.m. and will cover what Metro staff have been planning for the area. Weigh in and offer comments after a brief presentation about conceptual plans. There will also be refreshments.

Learn more at www.oregonmetro.gov/killin or contact 503-797-1545 with questions.

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