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Construction to raise and widen SR 532 west of Stanwood begins next year

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Date:  Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Contact: Dustin Terpening, WSDOT communications, 360-757-5997 (Burlington)
Shane Spahr, WSDOT project engineer, 360-757-5856 (Burlington)

Community invited to review plans, pictures at open house on
Aug. 14

CAMANO ISLAND – At more than 60 years old, a stretch of State Route 532 isn’t tall enough or strong enough to withstand continued high tides, floods and storms.

“Potentially, all it would take is one strong storm to close the highway,” said Shane Spahr, Washington State Department of Transportation project engineer. “It’s low and old, and vulnerable during storms.”

The highway cuts through tidelands and over Davis Slough between Stanwood and Camano Island. During storms, large amounts of driftwood stack up against the 63-year-old Davis Slough bridge.

“We’re talking about the only road on and off Camano Island,” Spahr said. “If something happened to the road, there’d be no other way to get off the island.”

Plans are in the works to raise and widen SR 532 and replace the Davis Slough Bridge. WSDOT engineers are designing the improvements now and expect to start construction in summer 2013. The highway will be raised 5 to 9 feet and the shoulders, lanes and median will all be widened between Smith and Eide roads, west of the new Camano Gateway Bridge.

Project plans, design visuals and pictures will be on display at a community open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, at the Camano Center, 606 Arrowhead Road, Camano Island. Engineers will be available to answer questions and provide details about the project. There are no formal presentations planned, and visitors are welcome to show up at any time.

For those unable to attend the open house, additional project information, pictures, contacts and an online comment form are available on the project website,

The meeting site is accessible to persons with disabilities. Accommodations for people with disabilities can be arranged in advance by calling Dustin Terpening at 360-757-5997.

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