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September, 2014
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Back-to-School Safety 101:

Hope for the Best…..Prepare for the Worst!

Telephone Alerts Available for Flooding Hazards

The War on Food Waste

Little Red School House Drive a Big Success!

A Herd of Folks at the Thurston County Fair

Making it in the Dry Years

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 Bridging the Gap

Final phase to begin this summer

Construction of a pedestrian/bike bridge over Pacific Avenue is expected to begin this summer. Representing the third and final phase of the “Bridging the Gap” Project, the bridge will link the 22-mile Chehalis-Western Trail with the 14-mile Yelm-to-Tenino Trail and the 12-mile Woodland Trail.

Located near the South Sound Center mall, the 155-foot long bridge will provide walkers, joggers and bicyclists with a safe route over the busy roadway. The first bridge, spanning I-5 and opened in 2007, was followed in 2010 by the Martin Way Bridge. The Pacific Avenue Bridge, expected to be completed in 2015, is estimated to cost $3.6 million. Project funding comes from the Federal Highway Administration.

Bridging the Gap partners include the Thurston Regional Planning Council (TRPC), Lacey, Olympia, Thurston County, the Washington State Department of Transportation, and private property owners adjacent to the project. Community supporters include the Woodland Trail Greenway Association, the Capitol Bicycling Club, the Wanderers, Capitol Volkssport and many other trail enthusiasts.

By Keith Eisner

A rendering of how the new bridge might appear. A rendering of how the new bridge might appear.