VANCOUVER, Wash. – The Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council (RTC) has awarded the Port of Vancouver USA a $485,000 grant for construction of its multimodal path at Terminal 1 on the downtown Vancouver waterfront.

The path will connect the City of Vancouver’s new waterfront park, which is scheduled to be completed in 2018, to the existing portion of the city’s Renaissance Trail to the east of Terminal 1. Bicyclists and pedestrians will be able to use the separated path to travel between the new Grant Street Pier on the west side of the city park and the Renaissance Trail.

“The port is building on its vision for the waterfront, and this grant from RTC will help us reach that vision,” said Port of Vancouver Commissioner Jerry Oliver. Oliver represents Clark County’s public ports on the 14-member RTC Board of Directors.

The path is one of the port’s priorities as it begins redeveloping Terminal 1 from a former industrial and commercial site to an urban, mixed-use destination. The path will provide a multimodal and ADA-accessible connection to the popular Renaissance Trail and match development plans for a future hotel at Terminal 1 as well as the city’s waterfront park.

Trail design, geotechnical work, engineering and construction are expected to cost nearly $4 million.

The RTC grant is part of the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) and authorized by the Federal Highway Administration to provide for a variety of alternative transportation projects. The program goals address expanding travel choices, strengthening the local economy, improving the quality of life and protecting the environment. TAP projects include pedestrian and bicycle facilities, viewing areas, community improvement activities, environmental remediation, recreational trails and safe routes to school.

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