Inside the the proposed plan the City wants to add bollards across Cascade Avenue to restrict access only to pedestrians and bicycles. Last year Cascade Avenue was involved in an accident that had a semi truck stuck after following the wrong GPS route. Since then the city staff have replaced the bridge.
The Port points out the "Cascade Avenue provides an important egress/access point... any restrictive use of this road creates a safety hazard for all residents, businesses, and visitors on the waterfront."
They are asking that instead the city consider grading the road.
Cascade Avenue is one of two access points to the small area of Stevenson that is separated by railroad tracks. Some citizens are concerned that leaving one access point will create a bottleneck.
Another concern is that a potential train accident would essentially strand people, businesses, and ferry tourists. The Port points out that
"At times, trains stop and block Russell Street for lengthy periods."
The Port is asking if anyone would "like to join us in opposing the road restriction please sign the petition, write a note to City Council.”
You can find the petition on the Skamania Observer facebook page or follow this link
Also, by emailing Pat Alba at
The city council is holding a workshop on June 8 that will be open to the public and the petition will be presented to the council on June 16.