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City receives grant for road project in Ft. Vancouver National Site - 06/11/18

A $1.8 million Federal Lands Access Program grant will be used for rehabilitation of East 5th Street

Vancouver, Wash. – The City of Vancouver, in partnership with the National Park Service, has been awarded a $1.8 million Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP) grant to rehabilitate a one-half mile portion of East 5th Street between Fort Vancouver Way and East Reserve Street and redevelop the national park’s main parking area.

The City and the National Park Service (NPS) jointly applied for the FLAP grant, which provides funding to local municipalities for projects that better connect and increase visitation to federal lands. “The NPS and the City have a strong history of working together to serve our community as well as the hundreds of thousands of visitors who come to Fort Vancouver National Historic Site every year. The East 5th Street project addresses the site’s highest priority for improving visitor access and circulation within the campus," said Superintendent Tracy Fortmann.

The project will improve both safety and function of the roadway, including pavement quality, signage, and adding a multimodal path along the south side of East 5th Street.

The Federal Highway Administration, which oversees the FLAP program, requires an extensive application process for the highly competitive funds. “Investing in our communities is always a smart bet,” said Senator Patty Murray, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. “I applaud the City of Vancouver for submitting a strong application to improve local infrastructure, and I look forward to seeing the end result and its many benefits for families from near and far.”

“I’m pleased to have supported this effort that will allow more of the public to engage with the unique history at Fort Vancouver. The Fort is a gem for local residents and visitors, and like other public areas, it’s important that we improve access so everyone can enjoy it,” said Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler.

“This project will help increase visitation of the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site and boost tourism in the Vancouver area. I’m proud to have worked with the Vancouver leaders to get this important project done,” said Senator Maria Cantwell.

“When completed, this project will significantly improve visitor safety and experience while visiting the NPS cultural and historical attractions as well as Pearson Air Museum, Officer's Row, the West Barracks, the Confluence Land Bridge, and the Columbia River Renaissance Trail,” added Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle. “We’d like to thank the FHWA for the grant and express how grateful we are to our entire Washington State Congressional delegation for their support of our grant application.”

Project design is anticipated to start later this year with construction completed about 2022.

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