CAMAS – Travelers on State Route 14 will have more space to stretch out when the Washington State Department of Transportation opens two more lanes in Camas and Washougal Friday, Feb. 8.
Traffic began flowing on the newly raised and widened section of SR 14 last October, but ongoing construction kept two of the highway’s four lanes closed through the winter.
“We couldn’t open the other lanes until we put all the guardrail in, but we couldn’t finish the guardrail until the bridge barrier was done,” said Chris Tams, WSDOT project engineer. “Now that everything’s tied together, we can safely open all the lanes to drivers.”
Drivers can expect intermittent, single-lane closures this spring. WSDOT plans to put a final layer of new asphalt over this entire section of roadway once the weather is warm and dry enough for paving.
This project elevated the highway 25 feet, added two lanes, eliminated two traffic signals and installed three miles of median barrier to prevent cross-over collisions along SR 14 between the Northwest Sixth Avenue interchange in Camas and Sixth Street in Washougal. Construction on the $49 million, gas tax-funded project began in June 2011.