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Get involved in the Allen Street Corridor Transportation Study!

Join us for an open house

We’ll share more about the study’s purpose, goals, and process, hear your input to inform our existing conditions analysis and alternatives development processes, and be available to talk with you and answer your questions. We hope to see you there!

WHEN: May 23, 5:30 to 7 p.m.

WHERE: Kelso City Hall, Council Chambers, 203 S Pacific Ave, Kelso, WA 98626

Take our survey

We need to hear your experiences, challenges, and needs to understand existing conditions, develop alternatives that address the challenges, and identify a preferred alternative that meets the needs of the City of Kelso, WSDOT, and the community.


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public hearing will be held by the City of Kelso City Council in the council chambers, Kelso City Hall, on Tuesday, May 16th at 6 pm.

The purpose of the public hearing is to review community development and housing needs, inform citizens of the availability of funds and eligible uses of the state Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), and receive comments on proposed activities, particularly from lower income persons residing in the West Kelso area.

Up to $2,000,000 may be available to the City of Kelso on a statewide competitive basis to fund public facility, community facility, economic development, planning and affordable housing projects that principally benefit low- and moderate-income persons.


An outline of the proposed projects will be available for review at no charge from Community Development, Kelso City Hall, 203 S. Pacific, Kelso WA. The public is invited to comment on this proposed project with written comments no later than 4:30 on May 16, 2023.  Comments should be addressed to Community Development, Kelso City Hall, 203 S. Pacific, Kelso WA. 98626 or by email to


The council chambers is handicap accessible. Arrangements to reasonably accommodate special needs accessibility or interpreter will be made upon receiving 24-hour advance notice.

The City of Kelso is working closely with WSDOT to study potential improvements to Allen Street that will improve safety and mobility. Our goals are to understand what contributes to traffic and congestion in the area, what challenges users of the corridor face, and identify potential solutions to improve conditions and safety for all users. The study area includes the segment of Allen Street between South 8th Avenue and North 17th Avenue, portions of Minor Road and South Kelso Drive, and the I-5 freeway ramps associated with these segments.

Throughout the study process, we will ask people who live, work and travel through the area for input to inform our understanding of what contributes to traffic and congestion in the area and help us identify potential solutions. The City of Kelso encourages everyone to participate in this process.

For more information download our Allen Street Corridor Transportation Study Informational Flyer

Request for Volunteers

Project Advisory Committee for City of Kelso Development Code Update

The City of Kelso is seeking volunteers from the community to serve on a Project Advisory Committee for their upcoming Code Update. 

Volunteers should have experience working in building, development or real estate industry. Architects, planners, developers, builders and real estate agents are highly desired.
The Project Advisory Committee will give input about local development conditions, the Kelso community, project objectives and potential issues for users.
Members would be expected to attend up to 3 meetings and review draft materials.

If interested send an email to with a simple description of your experience, a short explanation of why you are interested and your contact information.

Business and Occupations Tax Return blank forms are available online if you wish immediate access.  Forms will be mailed out soon.  Please contact if you have further questions.

Special City Council Meeting: Kelso City Council Chambers 203 S. Pacific Ave at 4:30 pm Monday, December 5, 2022. 

Kelso Highlander Festival Board Meeting: Kelso City Executive Room 203 S. Pacific Ave at 5:00 pm Monday, November 14, 2022.

The City of Kelso is requesting proposals from qualified firms and teams to provide land use application review services for the City of Kelso. See Requests for Proposal on the Planning Department Page.

The City of Kelso is requesting proposals from qualified firms and teams to provide a review and update of their planning and zoning codes. See Requests for Proposal on the Planning Department Page.

The City of Kelso, in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, commits to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability, in all its programs and activities.  This RFP can be made available in an alternate format by emailing Mike Murray at or by calling 360-916-4640.



The Lodging Tax Committee will be meeting at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 28, 2022, in Council Chambers at 203 S. Pacific Ave to discuss the applications received for allocation of 2023 Lodging Tax Funds.  

For more information, please contact Jessica Bronstein at or by phone at 360-577-3379


Utility Construction and Paving on
N. Pacific, 4th Av, Oak St, and 5th Av

Construction to replace old sewer lines, water lines, and storm drains, and to repave the N. Pacific from Allen to Cowlitz Way, 4th and 5th from Oak to Allen, and Oak from 4th to 5th will begin in mid-February 2022 and continue into June or July, depending on weather. In addition to the paving and utility work, sidewalk access ramps will be replaced at most of the corners to bring them into compliance with the federal “Americans With Disabilities Act” requirements.

During construction, driveways, travel lanes and parking on these streets will be closed at times, and traffic will be shifted around the construction with traffic cones and flaggers, or will be detoured.

Funding for the project is provided by the City, and by a grant from the Transportation Improvement Board.

More information about this project can be found here:

City of Kelso
Engineering Department