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I-5 Mellen Street project open house Jan. 12

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Date:  Thursday, January 05, 2012

Contact: Kevin Miller, WSDOT project engineer, 360-905-2172 (Vancouver)
Heidi Sause, WSDOT communications, 360-905-2057 (Vancouver)

Work to reduce Centralia congestion scheduled to begin this spring

CENTRALIA – During the past two years, drivers on Interstate 5 in Lewis and Thurston counties have seen new lanes, interchanges and highway improvements take shape on 18 miles of the heavily traveled corridor.

This spring, crews will kick off construction on the fifth and final project in a series of I-5 improvement projects between Centralia and Grand Mound funded through the 2003 and 2005 gas tax programs.

Before crews break ground on these mobility improvements, project engineers with the Washington State Department of Transportation will host an open house for the greater Centralia community to discuss the upcoming construction. On Thursday, Jan. 12, project staff will speak with drivers, business owners and residents about the construction and gather feedback on the anticipated traffic impacts.

No formal presentations will take place, so attendees can stop by anytime during the event.

When: 4 to 7 p.m. – stop by anytime
Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012

Where: Centralia Middle School – Commons Area
901 Johnson Road
Centralia, WA 98531

The I-5, Mellen Street to Blakeslee Junction project will help reduce congestion and improve traffic flow through the Centralia area. Crews will add collector-distributor lanes on I-5 between Mellen Street and Harrison Avenue, reconfigure the Mellen Street interchange, and realign and reduce the curve on I-5 at Blakeslee Junction. Construction is scheduled to begin in late-spring 2012 and be completed in 2014.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
Individuals requiring reasonable accommodations may request written materials in alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility accommodations, or other reasonable accommodations by contacting Heidi Sause at 360-905-2057. Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may contact the event sponsor through the Washington Relay Service at 711. 


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