WARRENTON - Construction on improvements in Fort Stevens State Park's south campground will begin Monday.

All sites in the south camping loops will be closed during the renovation, which includes a realignment of the entry road and the accompanying installation of electrical, sewer and water lines for current and future use. The road is being realigned to alleviate traffic congestion, making it safer for bicyclists and pedestrians.

The project contractor, Big River Excavation of Astoria, will begin its work by removing some trees considered hazardous to park visitors or as obstacles to utility improvements. OPRD Assistant Area Manager Mike Stein said that renovation plans incorporate protecting most of the existing trees in the project area.

Improvements in the campground also will include upgrading electrical and water service in the N and O campsite loops. Electricity in all 120 sites in the two loops will be boosted from 20 to 50 amps.

The contractor will begin roof repairs on the loops' existing shower/restroom buildings next spring, completing what is considered the first phase of a multi-year project. Future phases will include development of a new group tent area. The park's six existing group tent camps will be permanently displaced by the entry road realignment.

Plans call for the south campground to reopen next spring.

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