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Federal Dollars Will Help Improve Access To Northwest Parks

OPB | Feb. 18, 2013 1:32 p.m. | Updated: Feb. 19, 2013 7:01 a.m.

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The federal Department of Transportation is funding two Northwest projects that will improve access to parks and recreation areas. 

Almost $500,000 will help the Mount Hood National Forest buy new vehicles. 

The grant will also support expansion of the Mountain Express bus service that links several communities on Mount Hood. 

Another $250,000 will be used to replace an aging pedestrian bridge at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. 

The refuge lies along the Columbia River northwest of Vancouver. 

Both grants come from a Transit in Parks program designed to reduce traffic congestion on public lands. 

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