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Rehabilitation work underway on I-205 corridor

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Date:  Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Contact: Chris Tams, WSDOT Project Engineer, 360-759-1310 (Vancouver)
Magan Reed, WSDOT Communications, 360-905-2056 (Vancouver)

Crews restoring roadway from SR 14 to the I-5 junction

VANCOUVER – You know that thump-thump-thump you feel when traveling Interstate 205? You’ll be feeling it a lot less starting this summer, thanks to a $2.2 million I-205 restoration project that began construction this week.

The Washington State Department of Transportation’s contractor, Penhall Company, is working to repair and replace aging and damaged concrete panels along the entire length of I-205 in Clark County. Contractor crews will also replace some panels on I-5 at the I-205 junction.

“The damaged panels are 36 years old,” said WSDOT project engineer Chris Tams. “They typically have a life of about 30 years, so they’re wearing out, which we see in the form of cracks and potholes and a bumpy ride for drivers.”

In addition to repairing and replacing panels, crews will restore the asphalt shoulders along I-205 and place new reflective striping.

Starting June 10, I-205 drivers can expect lane closures from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., Monday through Friday, until the project is complete in September. For driver and worker safety, WSDOT will reduce the speed limit from 60 mph to 50 mph wherever crews are working on either I-5 or I-205.

Even if you don’t drive I-205, if you live near the corridor you may still be impacted by this important restoration work.

“Neighbors may not be very happy with the noise when we’re doing night grinding, which is expected to take a week in June and a week in July,” said Tams. “Unfortunately, there’s no way around it – we have to get rid of that old, damaged concrete and pavement – but we’ll work as quickly and safely as possible.”

Residents along the I-205 corridor can request free earplugs by emailing reedm@wsdot.wa.gov, or calling 360-905-2056. Earplugs can also be picked up at WSDOT’s Southwest Region headquarters, 11018 Northeast 51st Circle, Vancouver. The building is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The I-205, SR 14 to I-5 Concrete Rehabilitation project is federally funded.

Stay up-to-date on traffic impacts by visiting WSDOT’s Travel Alerts and Southwest Region Construction Update web pages, and by following the Vancouver-based Twitter account.


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