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NE 17th Ave. to close to make way for new interchange in Salmon Creek

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Date:  Friday, November 09, 2012

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

VANCOUVER – Work is ramping up on construction of a new interchange that will reduce traffic congestion in Salmon Creek – but there’s a hitch for local drivers.

On Tuesday, Nov. 13, crews will permanently close a section of Northeast 17th Avenue, and drivers will no longer be able to use the local road to connect to Northeast 139th Street.

The closure is necessary as crews make progress on the fourth and final stage of construction on the Salmon Creek Interchange Project. Next week, crews will start building the east end of the new Northeast 139th Street interchange, which touches down at the intersection of Northeast 17th Avenue.

“We’re making room to extend Northeast 139th Street across the interstates and free up traffic in this area,” said Leon Winger, project engineer with the Washington State Department of Transportation.

Northeast 17th Avenue will now dead end in a cul-de-sac just north of its connection with Northeast 139th Street. Drivers will still be able to use Northeast 17th Avenue to access local businesses and neighborhoods.

The new Northeast 139th Street interchange will give drivers new access to the interstates, provide another east-west route across town, and will alleviate existing congestion on Northeast 134th Street.

During the next few months and into 2013, crews on the east side of the interstates will build supporting walls and a new bridge approach, while crews on the west side work on shafts and piers to support the four-lane interchange bridge across I-5 and I-205.

The entire project is scheduled for completion in 2014.

The $133 million Salmon Creek Interchange project is a partnership between WSDOT and Clark County Public Works. The project will reduce collisions and improve safety by reducing backups and freeing traffic flow.

Several resources are available to help drivers stay informed of traffic impacts and project information throughout construction:

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