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Friday, November 09, 2012
Chris Tams, WSDOT project engineer, 360-759-1310 (Vancouver)
Abbi Russell, WSDOT communications, 360-905-2058 (Vancouver)
BATTLE GROUND – In just four months, crews working with the Washington State Department of Transportation built 110 acres of wetlands and six stormwater ponds to support widening State Route 502 from Interstate 5 to Battle Ground.
“It’s amazing what Tapani Underground accomplished this summer,” said project engineer Chris Tams. “They created three brand-new wetlands and reconstructed an existing wetland so it would function better. The stormwater ponds they built will help us treat runoff during the next few years of construction.”
The work crews completed helps improve environmental conditions today and paves the way for more efficient construction when WSDOT begins widening and improving intersections along SR 502 next summer.
The $88 million gas tax funded project will help improve safety and mobility along this critical east-west route in central Clark County. Roughly 14,000 vehicles use SR 502 every day, and that number is expected to more than double in the next 20 years.
The entire project is scheduled for completion in 2015.
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