CAMAS – Two years after breaking ground for a safety and mobility project on State Route 14 in Camas and Washougal, contractor crews completed work and pulled off the highway late Monday, June 17.
Construction on the $49 million project officially began when the Washington State Department of Transportation, contractor Tapani, Inc. and the community turned the first shovel of dirt June 1, 2011. Since then, crews have transformed 4 miles of two-lane, signalized highway into a four-lane, free-flowing highway with new interchanges in Camas and Washougal.
“It’s amazing to see what was accomplished in just two years, and how much smoother traffic flows on SR 14 today,” said WSDOT project engineer Chris Tams. “We owe a lot to the hard work of our crews and Tapani, and the patience of drivers during all these months of construction.”
The project elevated the highway 25 feet, added two lanes, eliminated two traffic signals and installed 3 miles of median barrier to prevent cross-over collisions between the Northwest Sixth Avenue interchange in Camas and Sixth Street in Washougal.
All of these improvements came together to deliver faster, safer trips for 22,000 daily drivers on this section of SR 14.
While drivers in Camas and Washougal enjoy the improvements on this stretch of highway, more work is needed on the SR 14 corridor. Future unfunded priorities between Vancouver and Washougal include adding a lane in each direction between I-205 and Northeast 164th Avenue, widening the West Camas Slough Bridge to four lanes and improving traffic flow between Sixth and 32nd avenues in Washougal.
These projects are included in WSDOT’s Highway System Plan, a 20-year strategy that outlines the agency’s top highway safety, mobility, economic and environmental priorities.