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Drainage improvement work on SR 503 in Vancouver begins Monday, Aug. 27

Friday, August 24, 2018 - 09:43

Celeste Dimichina, communications, 360-905-2057

VANCOUVER – At the end of another southwest Washington summer, it’s time to prepare for fall and the impending downpours that are common in the Pacific Northwest.

Beginning Monday, Aug. 27, the Washington State Department of Transportation contractor, McDonald Excavating, Inc., will begin working to improve drainage on State Route 503 near Northeast 87th Street in Vancouver.

“The existing drainage system that was installed in the 1980s is failing and is in need of improvements,” said WSDOT Project Engineer Devin Reck. “This drainage system worked for over 20 years. However, over time and with an increase in traffic, more dirt and debris has clogged the existing drainage system and our crews simply cannot keep up with clearing it, so we’re rebuilding it.”

During construction, contractors will remove the existing drainage system under SR 503, which will reroute storm water flow into a new drainage infiltration facility, creating a safer roadway surface free from standing water.

Construction details

  • Beginning Monday, Aug. 27 through late fall: Intermittent single lane closures in both directions of SR 503 between Northeast 87th and Northeast 95th streets, Monday through Thursday nights, from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • One lane in each direction will remain open.
  • Pedestrians and cyclists should watch for advanced signage, and will be guided by traffic control to either the northbound or southbound side of the work zone, nightly, from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m.

All work is weather dependent.


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