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SR 503 safety improvement work begins near Brush Prairie railroad crossing

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 11:28

Celeste Dimichina, communications, 360-905-2057
Devin Reck, project engineer, 360-759-1310

Prepare for daytime single-lane closures through early fall

BRUSH PRAIRIE – Travelers who use State Route 503 in Brush Prairie between Northeast Caples Road and Northeast 154th Street will soon see safety improvements near the railway crossing.

Beginning Monday, Sept. 10, contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will start work to add pullout lanes near the railway crossing for freight trucks, public transit vehicles and school buses.

“Over the last five years, we’ve had about 18 crashes at this location on SR 503,” said WSDOT Project Engineer Devin Reck. “Of those 18 crashes, 10 were rear-end collisions, where a vehicle ran into a bus that had stopped at the railroad crossing. We’ve determined that 55 percent of these crashes could be avoided by constructing a specific pullout lane for vehicles that must stop at crossings, such as freight trucks, public transit and school buses.”

State law requires all freight and public transit vehicles and school buses to stop no less than 15 feet from all railroad crossings, even when no trains are crossing the tracks.

During construction, travelers should expect daytime, single-lane closures with flaggers on both directions of SR 503. The pullout lanes, constructed by Advanced Excavating Specialists, LLC, should be completed early this fall.

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