Clatsop County has been awarded a state grant to create a plan for emergency evacuation routes and facilities.

The $132,000 grant was one of 12 recently awarded statewide through a joint initiative of the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Department of Land Conservation and Development.

The money will fund the development of an evacuation improvement plan.

A key feature of the plan will be identifying the best locations for routes that can provide safe evacuation, as well as serve as year-round recreational facilities, such as off-road bicycle paths. Some routes will also be “lifeline” routes for delivering goods in the aftermath of a disaster.

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