If all goes as planned, work on a grade-separated rail and road crossing at Industrial Way and Oregon Way could start as soon as 2017. That’s the latest word from the group that’s working on the SR 432 Rail Realignment and Highway Improvements Project, as they identify the priority projects that the group will now focus its efforts on. Melissa Taylor with the Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments says that the “Tier 1” project at the base of the Lewis and Clark Bridge will now move into the environmental study phase…432433project…The team also presented the “Tier 2” projects, which include improvements to the 3rd Avenue/Tennant Way interchange, the 7th Avenue/Tennant Way intersection, extensions of Beech Street and Alabama Street to California Way, and a revision of the California Way/Industrial Way intersection. They also presented a suite of “Market-Driven Actions,” mostly rail improvements that would be paid for by companies along the corridor from I-5 to Barlow Point. It’s currently planned that the current information and comments will be collected through the summer, and then refinement of the concepts, stakeholder engagement and environmental review will start in the fall. The environmental work and preliminary design of the separated intersection at the base of the bridge is expected to take about two years. The latest information is now available on the project website, at www.SR432Corridor.org, or by contacting the Council of Governments.