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Monday, April 09, 2012
Chris Tams, WSDOT project engineer, 360-759-1310 (Vancouver)
Abbi Russell, WSDOT communications, 360-905-2058 (Vancouver)
Construction closes Park and Ride lot starting April 23
RIDGEFIELD – Construction begins this spring on two roundabouts flanking Interstate 5 near its junction with State Route 501, three miles east of Ridgefield.
The roundabouts and other local road improvements are the second stage of a $29 million Washington State Department of Transportation safety and mobility project that began construction in 2009.
“About 11,000 people drive this every day,” said WSDOT Project Engineer Chris Tams. “Stage 1 built a wider bridge and longer ramps to improve traffic flow right at the interchange. Stage 2 is a partnership with the city of Ridgefield to improve local streets that feed into the interchange and I-5.”
Work kicks off April 30, when crews with Nutter Corporation of Vancouver begin excavation work on the east side of I-5 at Pioneer Street and 65th Avenue.
Drivers can expect lane closures, traffic shifts and delays of up to 20 minutes during construction. The project is scheduled for completion this fall.
Local road improvements tie in with work completed in Stage 1, which constructed a new four-lane SR 501 bridge with longer on- and off-ramps and turn lanes. Stage 1 also built sidewalks to improve pedestrian and bicycle travel. The new SR 501 bridge opened to drivers in August 2010.
The Park and Ride at Pioneer Street and 65th Avenue will close starting April 23 to allow crews to move in equipment and prepare for utility work on the property. The gravel lot has space for about 50 cars and is used mainly by carpoolers. C-TRAN occasionally picks up passengers at the lot, but this service will be discontinued starting April 23.
Nearby options for carpoolers and bus riders include a park and ride lot two exits north at the Woodland Chamber of Commerce (I-5, Exit 21), and the C-TRAN Park & Ride lot just a few miles to the south in Salmon Creek (I-205, Exit 36).
More information about the Ridgefield interchange project can be found at www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/I5/SR501Interchange/default.htm.
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