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Thursday, August 23, 2012
Leon Winger , WSDOT project engineer, 360-905-1500 (Vancouver)
Magan Reed , WSDOT communications, 360-905-2056 (Vancouver)
VANCOUVER – Two years of construction brought a number of improvements to the Salmon Creek area, but crews may have saved the best for last.
Crews already completed a new park and ride, two new lanes on Interstate 5 and a widened off-ramp from northbound Interstate 205, as well as several other improvements on local roads.
On Monday, Aug. 20, contractor Max J. Kuney Company of Spokane began construction on the fourth and final stage of the Salmon Creek Interchange Project– a new interchange at Northeast 139th Street to relieve traffic congestion in the rapidly growing community.
“The interchange is really the keystone, the backbone of the entire project,” said Leon Winger, project engineer with the Washington State Department of Transportation.
The new interchange connects Northeast 139th Street over I-5 and I-205, providing drivers with a new east-west route through Salmon Creek and new access to and from the interstates.
“The whole area will look and feel very different when we’re done,” Winger said. “We’re building a big bridge over I-5 and I-205, and that connection will lift a lot of pressure from the gridlock that drivers are used to seeing on Northeast 134th Street."
Starting next week, drivers will see nighttime single lane closures to install construction signs. Drivers won’t see significant changes to the area until later this fall, when crews start building the walls and foundations for the new interchange.
WSDOT and Clark County Public Works are partners in the $133 million project to alleviate congestion in Salmon Creek. By reducing backups and freeing traffic flow, the project aims to reduce collisions and improve traffic safety. The project is scheduled for completion in 2014.
Several resources are available to help drivers stay informed of traffic impacts and project information throughout construction:
• Project website www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/i5/NE134thI205/
• Project email updates www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/I5/ne134thi205/Project_Updates.htm
• Weekly traffic impacts www.wsdot.wa.gov/regions/southwest/construction/
• Travel alerts www.wsdot.com/traffic/trafficalerts/default.aspx
• Regional twitter account twitter.com/wsdot_sw
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