It was amazing to read the Sticky Situation article, see the graphics, and watch the videos. I was reliving the event once again. I am amazed now, at how many questions weren't answered, or that were "acknowledged", but no information given.
We now know the city already has a plan for roads and sewers in the Northshore area. Why didn't they tell us that at the beginning of the presentation?
Here's a graphic from a 2012 city hired "consultant" DKS, showing road improvements in the Northshore area.
Next is a "snip" of the Camas "Six Year Street Priorities" map. This is for 2020 - 2025.
Clearly "the plan" is even more developed. My guess, is that the "green" highlighted projects (numbers 1 through 5) are their tops priorities, and that the city already has some level of costs available, as well as perhaps they have already gone to the state seeking some level of state money to help fund the projects.
Project #1 is the Lake-Everett interchange. (Our $8 million roundabout!)
Project #2 is "SR-500 Everett St." What we don't know, is if this is, or includes the replacement of the 2-lane bridge just north of the Lake-Everett interchange. That is the real bottleneck that is the limiting factor to "fixing" the Lake-Everett interchange.
A check of the 2035 Transportation Comp Plan for Camas reveals the following map. Note the dashed blue line for a new "Proposed 2 or 3 lane arterial", and the dashed brown line for a new "Proposed 2 or 3 lane collector".
All these "plans" look pretty similar for a road network or system, on a future Northshore development.
With all these consistent "plans", there has to be cost data associated with all of those Northshore roads. As I asked at the Camas H.S. open house -- "what is the cost of shutting down Leadbetter Road, and building new roads?"
The 2012 DKS study proposed "North Roadway Projects" costs of $61.9 million. Adjusted for inflation, it would be $69.6 million today. Who will pay that $70+ million costs? As citizens noted from a recent City Council meeting, our elected representatives believe "it's not the taxpayers money".
Hang on to your wallets. There's much more research to be done.
The sad part is the city knows all of this information. Why do the citizens have to dig so hard to find this out?