Did You Receive a Letter?
If you received a letter from the Port, your property has been identified as in the future phase 2 service area. Please contact the Port with your name, address and best contact (phone and email) so we can provide the information to our consultant for the design portion of the Phase 2 project. Currently, there is approximately a 52-week wait for available fiber optic material once ordered. All of the connections to the sites within the service area will need to be designed, engineered and measured to order the material. We anticipate given the fiber optic scheduling backlog issues, that connections will not occur until sometime in 2023 unless production of materials increases substantially nationwide.
If you believe you are in the service area but did not receive a letter from the Port, please contact us with your information and we will contact you if you are within the project area.
PHASE 1 – Backbone
In Port Commission authorized the request to apply for state CERB funding in 2020 for the Phase 1 Ariel to Cougar backbone route. Funding was awarded in summer of 2020. The project includes design of pole attachments and underground construction along the route, locating vaults and connections to vital infrastructure and buildings, and construction services. Phase 1 is directly along SR 503/ Lewis River Road. Limited connections will be made in 2022 to those along the route and have already been contacted about connection design and engineering.
PHASE 2 – Fiber to Home
In 2021, the Port Commission authorized the request for CERB/federal funding for Ariel to Cougar Phase 2 Fiber to “Home”. This project was awarded funding in July with a $1.9 million grant with $400,000 match funds from the Port.
Phase 2 routes were developed with the assistance from Cowlitz-Skamania Fire maps. The following maps identify the addresses in the phase 2. If your address is not within the map area, please email the Port with information for review. The Phase 2 project will take fiber up roads and drives to the parcel line. We will not enter individual parcels to connect your home. The project will allow for the closest “last mile” connection for businesses and residents to contract with Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to connect the utility to your home or business. this will significantly reduce the cost to the end user.
IS YOUR PROPERTY WITHIN THE SERVICE AREA?
The Port of Woodland contracted with Petrichor LLC to provide design and project management services for the project. Below is the Phase 1 Backbone schedule of tasks and timelines associated to the Ariel to Cougar project: