VANCOUVER – After three years of construction and several rounds of interstate closures, drivers will see some of the final major impacts as crews send the Salmon Creek Interchange Project into the home stretch. Next week, crews will close northbound Interstate 205 for one night as they install the final 12 girders for the new Northeast 139th Street interchange.
“We’ve done a lot of interstate closures to make this project happen,” said Washington State Department of Transportation Project Engineer Leon Winger. “Drivers have done a great job of knowing before they go and taking alternate routes and we’re asking them to do it one more time while we complete this major milestone.”
Northbound I-205 will be closed at Northeast 134th Street from 11 p.m. Monday, March 24 to 4 a.m. Tuesday, March 25.
Through traffic can use I-5 and State Route 14 to detour around the closure. Local traffic can exit northbound I-205 at Northeast 134th Street and follow a signed detour to navigate around the closure.
Next week’s girder setting completes the backbone for the new Northeast 139th Street interchange. The interchange runs parallel to Northeast 134th Street, and will alleviate congestion in the rapidly growing Salmon Creek area.
Drivers can continue to expect single-lane closures on I-5 and I-205 while final work on the project is being done. Crews will complete the Northeast 139th Street interchange, finish building retaining walls, and do final landscaping before the project is complete late fall 2014.
The Northeast 139th Street interchange is the fourth and final stage of a $133 million partnership project between WSDOT and Clark County Public Works. Drivers can sign up online to receive project email updates or follow WSDOT on Twitter to stay in the loop as the project moves through construction.