Design plans for the Port of Astoria Pedestrian Access Path Project will be discussed at a public forum from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Port office, 422 Gateway St., Suite 100. Refreshments will be served.

The $815,000 project will create walkways on Pier 1 and Pier 2 and on Port lands connecting to the piers. It includes a 10-foot wide paved pedestrian path with sections of sidewalk that will connect with existing sidewalks on Port and adjacent city of Astoria property and link up with the Astoria Riverwalk.

Engineers will be on hand to explain the project design and how the project will be implemented. Astoria Chief of Police Pete Curzon will be there to discuss questions about safety and crime prevention related to the trail project. The public will be invited to comment and ask questions from 6:30 to 7 p.m. At 7 p.m. the forum will disperse and individual questions will be answered until 7:30 p.m.

The project will provide opportunities for pedestrians to view the Columbia River, Youngs Bay, boatyard repair activities, fish processing and the Astoria Bridge. The portion of the path on Pier 3 will allow safe viewing of nearby boatyard activity. The paved path on the breakwater at the West Mooring Basin will allow public access to a point that provides a close-up view of ships and boats on the Columbia River.

Stakeholders include the Port, city of Astoria, Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce and the Astoria Riverfront Trolley Association.

The project began in October 2008 and is expected to be finished by spring of 2010.

For more information, phone Stephanie Scafa, Port Trails Coordinator, at (503) 861-2233, ext. 102 or e-mail her at (trails@ci.warrenton.or.us)

See proposed map at right.

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