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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:

Two Down, One to Go!

On Wednesday, March 31, more than 100 enthusiastic local trail users joined federal, state and local officials to celebrate the opening of the pedestrian/bicyclist bridge over Martin Way. Begun last summer, the new bridge is the second of three bridge in the “Bridging the Gap” project that will eventually link the Chehalis-Western Trail with the Woodland Trail and Interstate-5 Bike Trail. The first bridge, spanning 1-5, was opened in February, 2007. Construction of the third bridge, spanning Pacific Avenue, is expected to be completed in spring of 2012.

Third District Congressman Brian Baird, who helped secure funding for the project, recalled that he was inspired to support the project when he rode across Martin Way with local bicycle advocates and saw how dangerous it was. “It was an effective way to lobby,” he said. Also participating in the ceremony were State Senator Karen Fraser, County Commissioners Sandra Romero and Karen Valenzuela, and the mayors of Olympia, Lacey and Tumwater

“This project is vitally important on many levels,” said Commissioner Romero, “It encourages a safe, healthy, walkable community, while encouraging other forms of non-motorized transportation.”

Estimated to cost $2.5 million, The Martin Way bridge construction came in at $1.8 million.

Coalition partners include 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 and Capitol Volkssport and many other trail enthusiasts.

By Keith Eisner

Congressman Brian Baird has some cutting remarks. Congressman Brian Baird has some cutting remarks.