Kelso Celebrates Completion of West Kelso Streetscape Improvements

Kelso Celebrates Completion of West Kelso Streetscape Improvements

Kelso, WA – March 14, 2017

The City of Kelso, with support from the Kelso-Longview Chamber of Commerce, will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating its completion of the West Main Street Revitalization Streetscape Project on Friday, March 17th at 11:00 a.m. at the intersection of West Main and 4th Avenue in the West Kelso neighborhood. 

The $1.2 million project, designed by Otak and constructed by Advanced Excavating Specialists (AES), includes new ADA-compliant sidewalks and ramps, decorative street lamps, park benches and bicycle racks, and low impact design storm water improvements along 810 feet of retail commercial frontage in West Kelso.  West Main Street was resurfaced and re-striped from a four-lane to two-lane facility to accommodate angled parking and 15 additional parking spaces.  The pedestrian-oriented improvements will increase access to businesses and enhance walkability along the commercial corridor.

“As a councilmember and West Kelso business owner, I’m delighted to see the outcome of this project,” said Kelso Mayor David Futcher.  “The City’s investment on West Main illustrates our commitment to economic development and the support of our small businesses.  This new streetscape is the first step in creating an inviting atmosphere for customers that will support future commercial investment.”

Project funding was provided through the City’s NICER Program (Neighborhood Improvement & Community/Economic Revitalization), Cowlitz County’s Rural Economic Development Grant Program, the federal Surface Transportation Program, and the Kelso Transportation Benefit District.

 “The completion of the streetscape highlights another milestone in the City’s integrated effort to redevelop West Kelso into a thriving, mixed-use corridor,” said Kelso City Manager Steve Taylor.  “We appreciated listening to and working with our small business partners during construction and hope they will earn dividends through increased commercial activity.”

The ribbon-cutting ceremony is open to the public and light refreshments will be provided.  Guided tours of the streetscape improvements will follow the program.