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NE Lake Road and NE Everett Street Intersection Improvement Project

The City of Camas is in the secondary stages of an intersection improvement project for the NE Everett Road (State Route 500) and NE Lake Road intersection. This is a critical intersection for the community, connecting the north shore, south shore, and downtown Camas and providing access to regional recreation areas at Lacamas Lake and Round Lake. As community and regional growth have increased, so has traffic, causing safety and mobility concerns.

This first phase of the project included an alternatives analysis, surveying, a geotechnical investigation, a transportation analysis, an environmental analysis, conceptual designs, and stakeholder and community outreach. The second phas includes obtaining construction funding and advancing the plans, environmental permits, and various easements. The third phase – construction – is scheduled for 2020.

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Project Updates

Updated Aug. 16, 2019

Funding, Planning & Design Progress – Since May, the City of Camas has been planning the design and implementation of a roundabout (as shown in the 60% design draft), as well as seeking funds for construction. 


    • The project total is estimated to be $7-$8 million, including a significant contingency for unexpected expenses.
    • Earlier this month, the Lake-Everett Intersection project became one of 20 construction projects selected from 65 applicants to receive a low-interest loan from the Public Works Board (PWB). The $7 million loan will allow construction to move forward in 2020 as planned.
    • The City has also applied for a $3.5 million grant from the Transportation Improvement Board's (TIB) Urban Arterial Program to offset a portion of the PWB loan. Grant recipients will be notified in November 2019.
    • Both programs are sponsored by different agencies of Washington State and are considered very competitive. 


    • Design and implementation plans are now 60% complete. We are on track to be at 90%completebefore year’s end.
    • Permitting is underwayand is also anticipated to be completed in time for construction in 2020.
    • Work has begun on acquiring temporary construction easements and evaluating different landscape concepts with help from a landscape committee and our landscape architect.

Presentation 3 to Camas City Council Complete – On Mon., May 6, during the City Council Workshop, the project team presented the results of the second Community Online Survey 2, shared answers to frequently asked questions, and offered specifics on the two roundabout designs being considered (Preferred Concept 1 and Preferred Concept 2), including the health of American chestnut tree, pedestrian/bicyclist crossing options, estimated project costs, and potential funding sources. Council members expressed their support for Preferred Concept 1. The project team will now continue to develop design and implementation plans for Preferred Concept 1, and to seek funding for its construction.

Community Online Survey 2 Complete – We appreciate your taking the time to offer input on the two roundabout designs (“preferred alternatives”) presented at Community Open House 2.  The survey was live from April 6 to 20. The results are now being reviewed and will be shared with City Council as part of a project update on Mon., May 6, during the regularly scheduled City Council Workshop starting at 4:30 p.m.

Community Open House 2 Complete – On April 9 at Lacamas Lake Lodge, the project team provided the findings of their alternatives analysis and the results of Community Online Survey 1, and – based on that data – presented two roundabout designs for consideration. The following resources were made available: (Click on each item to view.)

    • Slideshow Presentation – reviewing the public’s involvement, key themes from Community Open House 1, results of Community Online Survey, an analysis of alternatives, recommendations on how to proceed, data on roundabouts, next steps, and these video simulations:

All Camas residents were mailed a personal invitation to Community Open House 2. Additionally, the event was publicized in the Camas-Washougal Post-Record, with a sign near the intersection, on City of Camas social media, and here, on the City of Camas website.

Community Online Survey 1 Complete – From February 22 to March 11, 2019, 1,200+ community members provided feedback at the first open house and through the online survey. The high level of interest in this project demonstrates how critical this intersection is to the community. All input received went into the creation of the design options presented during the next step of the project.

Community Open House 1 Complete – More than 125 residents, business owners, and stakeholders attended the first Community Open House on February 26. The following items were made available:

All Camas residents were mailed a personal invitation to Community Open House 1. Additionally, the event was publicized in the Camas-Washougal Post-Record, with a sign near the intersection, on City of Camas social media, and here, on the City of Camas website. Residents can expect a second mailer and similar communication about Community Open House 2 happening April 9.

Project Study Limits

The project study limits extend from just south of the Fallen Leaf Lake driveway (located to the south of the project intersection) to the south side of the Everett Street Bridge (WSDOT Bridge# 500/016), and from the sidewalk terminus at Lacamas Lake Lodge, to the intersection of Lake Road and Everett Street. The project area also includes the entire City-owned property, east of the intersection.

Click here to view a map of the project area.

Project Goals

The primary goal of this project is to improve intersection safety and efficiency for all users and modes of travel. The existing signalized “T” intersection is at or near failure and travelers can experience substantial delays in all directions. The study area generally lacks pedestrian connectivity and does not currently include accessible routes between the adjacent recreation areas.

 The City has identified the following project goals:

  • Provide an inclusive and transparent community engagement process and seek stakeholder and community input on project alternatives and design.
  • Reduce traffic congestion and improve safety for all users (pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists).
  • Improve pedestrian access to adjacent recreation areas.
  • Minimize impacts to the community, surrounding properties and infrastructure, and the environment and natural resources.
  • Complete Phase 1 (including conceptual design and permitting) to facilitate construction in 2020 (if funding can be acquired) .

Get Involved

The City of Camas is committed to an inclusive and transparent community engagement process to ensure the project reflects the community’s priorities and concerns. There will be multiple opportunities to be a part of the process at key milestones throughout all phases of the project. See below to learn more about your opportunities to get involved.

  • Community Survey – Live February 22 to March 11
  • Open House 1 – February 26, Camas Library, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Open House 2 – April 9, NEW LOCATION >> Lacamas Lake Lodge, 227 NE Lake Road, Camas, WA,, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. There will be a brief presentation beginning at 5:45 p.m., with materials set up around the event space for self-guided review and one-on-one interaction with the project team.
  • Community Online Survey 2 – April 9 to April 20, 2019

Project Schedule

  • Project Design Alternatives Analysis – Mid-January to Mid-March 2019
  • Stakeholder Interviews – Week of January 28 and February 4, 2019
  • Project Advisor Committee (PAC) Meeting #1 – February 7, 2019
  • City Council Lake-Everett Intersection Presentation #1 – February 19, 2019
  • Open House #1 – February 26, 2019
  • Community Online Survey 1 – February 22 to March 11, 2019
  • PAC Meeting #2 – March 7, 2019
  • City Council Lake-Everett Presentation #2 – March 18, 2019
  • Open House #2 – April 9, NEW LOCATION >> Lacamas Lake Lodge, 227 NE Lake Road, Camas, WA, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. (Brief presentation starting at 5:45 p.m.)
  • Community Online Survey 2 – April 9 to April 20, 2019
  • City Council Lake-Everett Presentation #3 – May 6, 2019 [Presentation begins on video at 47:25]
  • 30% Project Design – May 7 to June 30, 2019

Contact Us

The City is committed to a transparent process with ample opportunities to involve the public. If you have questions, comments, or feedback, please contact us. We’re happy to hear from you.

Jim Hodges
City of Camas
Project Manager

James Carothers
City of Camas
Engineering Manager




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