Wu announces that $250,000 is being targeted for a new studyThe Astoria bypass concept is back on the drawing board.

The on-again, off-again issue of a new highway to stop large trucks from causing congestion through downtown Astoria has been one of the longest-running sagas in the community in the last three decades.

U.S. Rep. David Wu, D-Ore., announced that $250,000 is being targeted for a new study.

"This project would study the feasibility of a bypass from Youngs Bay Bridge, off U.S. Highway 101, up and over state forest land to join up with U.S. Highway 30 near the John Day Bridge," Wu said.

"Funding would be used to advance and accelerate the planning process for the evaluation in support of alternatives in support of an eventual Astoria bypass."

The money is contained in a package of projects totaling $24 million that the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has approved in Oregon's 1st Congressional District. The announcement is part of the reauthorization of the Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (TEA-LU), which reauthorizes surface transportation programs through fiscal year 2009.

The programs include $150,000 for Delaura Beach Lane. This project will provide the city of Warrenton a bicycle and pedestrian-friendly bike lane to Delaura Beach Lane, an established bike route and a link that connects Fort Stevens State Park with the Fort Clatsop National Memorial and the newly developing National Park Service "Fort to Sea Trail."