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New I-5 lane opens near Salmon Creek, July 4

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Date:  Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Contact: Leon Winger, WSDOT project engineer, 360-905-1500 (Vancouver)
Heidi Sause, WSDOT communications, 360-905-2057 (Vancouver)

Fourth lane to reduce northbound traffic congestion

VANCOUVER – Crews building the Salmon Creek Interchange Project will open a brand-new lane on northbound Interstate 5 at 6 a.m. tomorrow, July 4, for smoother traffic between Salmon Creek and the Clark County fairgrounds.

“The Salmon Creek area continues to grow – about 85,000 people drive this stretch of I-5 every day,” said Washington State Department of Transportation project engineer Leon Winger. “Widening I-5 to four lanes each direction gives everybody a little more elbow room and helps reduce the congestion and traffic backups.”

For the past year, construction has shifted traffic onto the outside of the I-5 corridor, as crews with WSDOT contractor Rotschy Inc. excavated the median and built new lanes on both directions of I-5 between Northeast 134th and Northeast 179th streets. Crews will open the new lane on southbound I-5 later this summer.

The widening is part of a $130-million partnership project that WSDOT and Clark County Public Works are building to reduce congestion and improve safety in the Salmon Creek area. In addition to widening two miles of I-5, the project improves local roads and builds a new interchange at Northeast 139th Street.

Last week, WSDOT awarded a contract for the fourth and final stage of the Salmon Creek Interchange Project to contractor Max J. Kuney Company of Spokane with a winning bid of $43.4 million. Construction will start this summer on the final stage, the new Northeast 139th Street interchange, which provides a second route across the interstates and alleviates gridlock on Northeast 134th Street.

Drivers can sign up online to receive email updates and follow the project through construction. Stay up to date on construction-related traffic impacts by visiting WSDOT’s Travel Alerts and Southwest Region Construction Update Web pages. 

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