Submitted by Lewis County Board of County Commissioners
The Lewis County Commissioners invite the public to join them for a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday to celebrate the creation of a new public road, Mickelsen Parkway, which will provide industrial access near Winlock.
The $2.3 million project, which is expected to take three months to complete, will pave the way for jobs and commerce by providing access to a 320-acre industrial site located near Exit 63 off Interstate 5.
“I am pleased and excited to see this project come to fruition,” said District 2 Commissioner Bobby Jackson, who represents the Winlock area. “We’ve worked very hard over the course of the last two years to make this a reality for the great citizens of Winlock and south Lewis County. The opportunity to provide much-needed jobs with this project will hopefully spur on further economic development in our region.”
The Mickelsen Parkway project – a collaborative effort between Lewis County, the city of Winlock, the Economic Development Council, area landowners and developers – has been several years in the making and is expected to spur economic growth in the region.
“Good, family-wage jobs are severely needed in Lewis County,” said Lewis County Public Works Director Josh Metcalf, who is overseeing construction of the 3,500-foot road. “Development of the Winlock Industrial Park will help address this need and provide a boost to the economic vitality of the Winlock community and the rest of Lewis County. Construction of the Mickelsen Parkway is a critical project that supports the buildout of the Industrial Park as it will provide access between Interstate 5 and the Industrial Park and minimize truck traffic on North Military Road.”
The groundbreaking ceremony will begin at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 12, near the intersection of State Route 505 and North Military Road in Winlock.