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Water Environment Services finalizes agreement to help fund construction of $2.8 million project

The city of Milwaukie and Water Environment Services (WES) have finalized an intergovernmental agreement to help fund construction of the new $2.8 million bridge in Milwaukie Bay Park.

On June 21, Clackamas County commissioners approved WES contributing an additional $200,000, while the Milwaukie City Council authorized the agreement June 19. The Federal Emergency Management Agency provided nearly $2 million in federal disaster relief funds for the project and the remaining funds were provided by the city of Milwaukie.

A severe storm in December 2015 unleashed a record amount of rainfall that caused significant damage near the footings of the old bridge that connects Milwaukie Bay Park to the Kellogg Water Resource Recovery Facility, which is operated by WES.

Due to the bridge's compromised condition and estimated cost of repairs, it was determined to be more cost-effective to build a new bridge.

"I'd like to thank our federal partners and WES for helping the city rebuild this important bridge," said Milwaukie Mayor Mark Gamba. "As record-breaking storms become increasingly frequent due to climate change, it's critical that we foster strong local partnerships to meet the needs of our shared constituents."

"WES is proud to be a good neighbor and partner with the city of Milwaukie on this project," said WES Director Greg Geist. "It exemplifies our mutual commitment to the safety of the Milwaukie community and visitors to the area."

Traffic shifted over to the new bridge last month. City officials say the old bridge will be removed during the summer and into early fall.

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