September 19, 2019
RIDGEFIELD — The blaring train horn wasn’t a planned part of the presentation for Gov. Jay Inslee, but Ridgefield City Manager Steve Stuart welcomed the distraction.“You can see why we need the overpass now,” he said to Inslee at the Ridgefield boat launch Tuesday afternoon as an Amtrak sped by.Inslee was in Ridgefield to tour the city. His visit started at the boat launch next to the Port of Ridgefield, and while Stuart and Port of Ridgefield CEO Brent Grening told him about the upcoming overpass project, they got an all-too-good example of why the overpass is such an anticipated project. Stuart said it wasn’t planned, but it also wasn’t unexpected.“The great thing about the city is you don’t have to try,” Stuart said. “We get 60 to 70 trains going through here each day. You know you only have to wait about 15 minutes and a train is going to go by. It was a great illustration as to why we need the overpass.”The overpass, which is expected to go out to bid in the coming weeks, will travel over the railroad tracks connecting Pioneer Street to the port’s property, making it easier to get from downtown to the waterfront area. It will also close off waterfront access that forces drivers to cross the railroad tracks. The $14 million project received $7.8 million in state funds.