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Herrera Beutler Secures Key Committee Approval for Longview’s Columbia Heights Road Improvement

$5.5 million included in Appropriations Committee-approved spending plan

Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler today announced she secured $5.5 million to fund the Columbia Heights Road Reconstruction Project in a spending plan advanced by the U.S. House Appropriations Committee. The project is supported by the City of Longview.

As a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, Herrera Beutler advocated for the inclusion of this community-requested priority in the FY23 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies Subcommittee Appropriations bill. The bill now awaits approval from the full U.S. House of Representatives.

“Improving Southwest Washington’s infrastructure is not only critical in the mission to keep our economy moving but also increases safety and reduces the commute time of residents who rely on an efficient transportation system,” Herrera Beutler said. “Given the need to improve the Columbia Heights Road for school buses, pedestrians, and emergency vehicles, I’m pleased to partner with the City of Longview to bring Southwest Washington’s tax dollars back here to invest in this critical infrastructure project.”

"On behalf of the City of Longview, I wish to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to Congresswoman Herrera Beutler for securing the $5.5 million necessary to improve the Columbia Heights Road. Improving Columbia Heights between Cascade Drive and Fishers Lane has been a city priority for more than 20 years. These much-needed improvements, which include road widening, sidewalks, and lighting, provide safety for our children, their parents, and school employees. Congresswoman Herrera Beutler’s support for this project is a shining example of her commitment to the safety of our community and its children,” Longview Mayor MaryAlice Wallis said.

Project details:

Columbia Heights Road Reconstruction Project - $5,500,000

  • The funding is designated for improving an approximate one-mile section of Columbia Heights Road between Cascade Drive and Fishers Lane. The current roadway is narrow, has no pedestrian access and routinely requires repairs due to poor drainage. The road is serviced by Longview and Kelso School District buses multiple times per school day and the poor conditions create an unsafe climate with little or no room for pedestrians, disabled vehicles, or passing room for emergency vehicles.