If you have been to the Northwestern Park take-out on the White Salmon River in the last two days, you’ve probably noticed that some of the stumps near the loading zone have been removed and the picnic tables have been rearranged. This is because PacifiCorp has made some alterations to allow vehicles with trailers to pull right up to the top of take-out ramp. It will take a little white for everyone to figure out the traffic patterns to make this work, but it should be a nice improvement. The following is the official word we received (via email) from PacifiCorp explaining the changes, as well as a map of the changes:
“We continue to make good progress on the NW Lake Bridge Abutment Project and anticipate that work to be completed by the end of next week. We will then begin to remove all of the fill material that is currently in the river channel under and immediately downstream of the bridge. Use caution approaching the bridge as there will be heavy equipment working in the area at the waters edge. Once the fill is removed we will assess conditions river bed conditions but are still planning to construct a permanent takeout in this area near where the old concrete pad was. Work on this portion of the project will continue into late August.
In the meantime, in an effort to improve access at the temporary takeout, the folks at ZooRaft have donated considerable time and effort to open up the top the temporary take-out ramp. This work was completed this morning and the area at the top of the ramp can now be used as a turn-around and hot-loading zone. We will work toward developing a better defined traffic pattern early next week but for this weekend, please be advised that the area at the top of the ramp is for temporary parking only for the purposes of loading gear and boats on to trailers and tow rigs. I have attached a drawing of the general traffic flow. Long term parking for buses, tow vehicles and trailers will continue to be available at Northwestern Lake Park-lot and at the overflow parking area that was developed a few years ago.
We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we continue to work on decommissioning the Condit Hydroelectric Project.
So, there it is. Thanks PacifiCorp!