Clatsop County Public Works is starting the groundwork for improvements to two miles of Youngs River Loop. The project, when completed, will greatly enhance safety conditions for motorists, pedestrians and others using the road, Public Works Director Ed Wegner said.

The project entails widening the roadway, straightening curves, tearing up the old pavement, placing a new rock foundation and laying new pavement on Youngs River Loop from its intersection with Tucker Creek Road south to the Warila residence. This section of Youngs River ranks high on the county's list of needed road projects because of traffic volume, poor condition of the road and safety and was endorsed by the Public Works Advisory Committee.

Starting Thursday, county crews will assist a private contractor to clear and remove trees and shrubs in the right-of-way along the project site. Widening of portions of the shoulders will follow. Motorists should expect traffic delays of up to 20 minutes.

The county will solicit bids from private contractors for the project later this month. The construction is scheduled for completion in the spring of 2005.

"The inconvenience to motorists during this construction work will be well worth the investment in safety for our citizens," County Administrator Scott Derickson said.

For more information, contact Public Works at 325-8631.

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