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Public given opportunity to provide feedback about city's plan to improve street connections to waterfront

PHOTO COURTESY OF CITY OF ST. HELENS - An aerial map of St. Helens with key intersection areas identified.St. Helens will be hosting its first community meeting later this month to gather feedback on a series of proposed street connection and road improvement projects identified throughout the city.

On Tuesday, Jan. 16, the city plans to host an informational community meeting regarding planned upgrades to roadways and intersections which primarily direct traffic toward downtown and the city's waterfront, as identified in the city's Riverfront Connector Plan. The meeting will be held 6 to 8 p.m. at the St. Helens City Council chambers and is the first of three public feedback meetings planned for the project.

The purpose of the Riverfront Connector Plan is to create a framework that identifies key areas that need improvement to allow better traffic flow from Highway 30 to the city's Riverfront District and waterfront property.

Key intersections identified in the plan include Highway 30 and Millard and Gable roads; Old Portland Road and Gable Road; Kaster Road; 18th Street; Plymouth Street; and Plymouth Street and 6th Street.

A formal presentation will be given at the meeting at 6:30 p.m. that will provide an overview of the project, timeline, work process and when future meetings will be held. Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback on the goals, objectives and vision for the project.

Earlier in the day, the planning team tasked with drafting the plan will host its first meeting from 2 to 4 p.m. The meeting is public but is intended to be a working meeting to discuss future public involvement, give an overview of the project area and corridor planning, and discuss draft versions of project documents.

The city received a $208,550 grant from the Transportation Growth Management Program in 2016, which has been used as a funding source to pay for the planning process. The TGM program is a joint program of the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development.

More information about the project is available online at www.riverfrontconnectorplan.com.

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