Last week I attended a community leaders meeting about the Boardman River and the dam removal process. Attached is a copy of the PowerPoint which was used. It was very helpful to understand what is going on. Bottom line, in spite of the efforts of some local elected officials to stymy the Cass Road bridge project and cloud the project with conversations about a new Hartmann-Hammond bridge project it looks as if things are moving forward.
There are any number of reasons why this Cass Road bridge project needs to get done, but I won’t go into detail here. Viewing the PowerPoint covers many of these issues. http://www.theboardman.org/userfiles/filemanager/421/ What I really want you to know is this. Year 1 (2016) of the project builds the new bridge and excavates the original or relic river channel. Cass Road will be closed from May until sometime in the fall while work is being done. The current one-lane bridge will be open through the winter but will close again in the spring of 2017 while the river is returned to its original or “relic” channel under the new bridge and Boardman dam is removed. Work should conclude in the fall of 2017 and the Cass Road reopened. Why is this important? We have few good east-west traffic corridors and it means that for two summer seasons one of them will be out of commission. Because REALTORS move around the region a lot and usually try and find the fastest most efficient route, knowing that this road and bridge will be closed will allow you to plan better. When it is done there will be a very solid and efficient east-west connector back on the grid. Also, while we’re talking roadwork you need to plan for this years bottleneck which will be U.S. 31 across the bottom of East Bay. MDOT will be rebuilding this major artery and it’s going to cause some angst. Let’s remember that the end result will be better, safer roads and bridges when these projects are finished. For more details on 2015 road construction projects visit this website. http://www.networksnorthwest.org/planning/transportation/2015-road-construction.html I hope this information helps your personal radiator avoid boiling over, especially when the summer crowds get here.