BATTLE GROUND – Safer, faster trips are coming to State Route 502 between Interstate 5 and Battle Ground. But first, residents, businesses and travelers who rely on this key connection for central Clark County should prepare for three years of construction and delays.
The $88 million, gas-tax-funded project widens SR 502 to four lanes, installs median barrier, reconstructs the highway’s intersections at northeast 29th, 50th, 72nd and 92nd avenues, and builds bicycle paths and sidewalks in Dollars Corner.
Throughout the project, travelers can expect weekday lane closures, flagging and 10-minute delays between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
This week, Washington State Department of Transportation contractor Rotschy Inc. started installing bright orange fencing to define the construction zone and sensitive areas around the site.
In mid-May, crews begin clearing trees and brush along more than four miles of SR 502 to make room for new lanes. Once the corridor is clear, crews will start excavation to relocate utilities and widen a section of SR 502 just west of Dollars Corner.
Rotschy will also replace aging culverts under SR 502 and Northeast 72nd Avenue and begin reconstructing intersections later this year.
The bulk of highway widening work takes place from spring 2015 into 2016, with construction expected to wrap up in late 2016.
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