Leon Winger, WSDOT project engineer, 360-905-1500 (Vancouver)
Abbi Russell, WSDOT communications, 360-905-2058 (Vancouver)
VANCOUVER – Spring may be a few weeks away, but a new season of interchange construction is right around the corner for Salmon Creek drivers. Starting Tuesday, March 5, drivers will see six weeks of daytime lane closures on Interstate 205 while crews build a new section of the Northeast 139th Street interchange.
The closures will give crews the space they need to excavate more than 300 dump truck loads of dirt, pour 300 loads of concrete and build 11 more columns for the new interchange, which will help alleviate congestion in the busy Salmon Creek area.
“The next set of columns is within throwing distance of the interstate,” said Washington State Department of Transportation Construction Engineer Leon Winger. “Space is really tight, and the faster trucks can get in and out, the easier it will be to pour concrete. Speed and continuity are really important for the strength of the bridge deck.”
Lane closure details
Drivers will see daytime lane closures on both directions of I-205 on Tuesdays and Thursdays through mid-April while the concrete trucks are rolling through the work site. Drivers will have access to all lanes of the interstate during rush hour and peak travel times.
Left lane closed Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Left lane closed Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The closures may be rescheduled due to weather conditions. Drivers can find real-time traffic information online, and follow WSDOT on Twitter for traffic updates.
Contractor Max J. Kuney has a long to-do list for this summer and fall, including girder settings, ramp construction, demolition work, paving and several overnight interstate closures. Sign up online to receive project email updates and stay in the loop as the project moves through construction.
The $133 million interchange project has been under way since 2010 and is on schedule for completion in 2014.