Bonneville Power Administration, in coordination with Clark County and the City of Vancouver, began construction in two locations along Minnehaha to improve the road ways and redirect traffic entering BPA’s Ross Complex. The enclosed map shows where the majority of the impacts will be. As construction activities ramp up, signs will be posted to provide information about changes to traffic and access along the road.
BPA also began construction on a new maintenance facility in July 2016, with completion scheduled for late summer 2017. The new facility will improve day-to-day safety, provide seismic resilience and will allow streamlined maintenance routines and emergency response times. A new entry will be installed on Minnehaha Street to divert traffic from the current 10th Avenue entry. During construction there will be additional traffic to and from the site on 10th Ave. When construction is completed, the new entry will serve most of the vehicle traffic for the storage and maintenance facility, making a safer and quieter 10th Avenue.
A second entry project includes improving security and vehicle access to an existing entry off Minnehaha St. near NE St. James Rd. This project is also scheduled to begin this fall. BPA will upgrade Minnehaha Street in the affected areas by widening the roadway section to include turn lanes, bike lanes and sidewalks. A new crosswalk will be constructed at the intersection of NE Minnehaha and NE St. James Road.
Construction update - December 2016
Construction is underway and will continue along Minnehaha at both project locations: Ross MHQ entry (just past Les Schwab), and at the new (reconstructed) Sally Port entry (near St. James Street). Construction during the week of Dec. 12, 2016 will include lane closures along Minnehaha near the new Ross MHQ entry. Project work includes removing the curb on south side of Minnehaha, and widening the road to add turning lanes, both in the east-bound lane, and in the center - for a westbound turn lane. Additional construction updates will be posted here as conditions change. Working hours will be from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.