ILWACO — The City of Ilwaco hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony on Sept. 23 near the Elizabeth Avenue and Howerton Way intersection to mark the end of the Elizabeth Avenue improvement project.

Elizabeth Avenue is the eastern access route between U.S. Highway 101 and the Port of Ilwaco, and as such is a vital corridor for transportation and utilities.

Work on the project began this June. Primary funding for the project was from a grant totaling $547,231 from the state Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) Small City Arterial Grant Program, which is funded by the state gas tax. Former TIB chair Jim Irish presented a plaque to Ilwaco Mayor Mike Cassinelli. Approximately 95 percent of funds for this project came from TIB, with the remainder provided by the city and port of Ilwaco.

Along with the Elizabeth Avenue project, TIB also provided additional funds to replace various sidewalks throughout the city. These sidewalks were identified by TIB and the total of that grant was an additional $102,000.

Improvements to Elizabeth Avenue included reconstruction with sidewalks added to one side; curbs, gutters and inlets connected to the city’s stormwater system; an increase to the size of the water main serving the Port of Ilwaco; and luminaires and pedestrian-scale lighting, with energy-saving light bulbs.

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