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Friday, August 19, 2011
Leon Winger, WSDOT Project Engineer, 360-905-1500 (Vancouver)
Heidi Sause, WSDOT Communications, 360-905-2057 (Vancouver)
Fresh pavement and lane lines smooth drive and improve safety
VANCOUVER – Six weeks of work, 14,000 tons of fresh asphalt and two miles of new lane lines add up to a smoother and safer drive on Interstate 5 through downtown Vancouver.
Last night, contractor crews working on a Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) paving project finished striping the new pavement on both directions of I-5 between the Columbia River and West 39th Street.
During the course of the project, crews removed cracked and rutted pavement, laid new asphalt and painted fresh lane lines on the interstate.
Drivers dealt with more than a month of lane and ramp closures and downtown residents have endured nighttime noise since crews with Granite Construction Inc. started working in early July.
“We know this project impacted a lot of people, and we appreciate everyone’s patience,” said project engineer Leon Winger. “In just over a month, Granite was able to bring the interstate back to good condition so it can continue handling heavy traffic for the next several years.”
More than 100,000 drivers travel this stretch of I-5 daily, including thousands of vehicles moving interstate commerce up and down the west coast. This section of interstate is also crucial to the local economy, supporting commuters, shoppers and recreational traffic traveling between southwest Washington and northwest Oregon.
The $2.8 million project was funded through state highway improvement dollars.
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