Will visit Cattlepoint realignment site first
Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) will hold a Veteran's Roundtable from 3 to 4 p.m. August 28 at the American Legion Post 163 on First Street in Friday Harbor. All veterans are welcome to come to learn about Larsen's work in Congress for veterans in and services for veterans available through his Everett and Bellingham offices.
He also wants to hear from community members any thoughts and concerns about veterans' issues.
Prior to the meeting Larsen will tour the site of the Cattlepoint Road project from 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. He worked with San Juan County and federal agencies for more than a decade on this issue and this year secured up to $5.5 million in federal funds for the realignment of 6,000 feet of Cattle Point Road away from an eroding bluff.
The federal dollars from the Federal Lands Access Program will cover more than 80 percent of the total cost.
"This is a big win over a decade in the making," Larsen said. "With these dollars, we will now make sure that this critical road will be protected from coastal erosion, allowing residents and visitors alike continued access to beautiful Cattle Point. I thank the Department of Transportation for their attention to this project, and congratulate all the leaders in San Juan County who made this happen."
Cattle Point Road is the only vehicle accessible route to the Cattle Point area, which is home to 270 residents and includes portions of the San Juan Island National Historic Park and the newly established San Juan Islands National Monument.
Erosion of a coastal bluff threatens a portion of the road. County officials estimate that by 2026, the road will be within two feet of the bluff. The realignment project will move 6,000 feet of the road 300 feet to the north of the bluff.
Larsen has worked with San Juan County and federal agencies on the project for more than a decade. Larsen sent a letter of support for the project in 2011 and sought a Congressional appropriation for the project in 2009.