SR 6 - Chehalis River Br. to I-5 - Pavement Rehab

Project news

  • This project was awarded to C.A. Carey Corporation on June 2, 2020. 
  • Overnight, full closures for paving along the Chehalis River Bridge, begin Monday, Aug. 17

Beginning summer 2020, contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will resurface 19 miles of State Route 6 between Pe Ell and the city of Chehalis, in Lewis County.

The pavement on these two stretches of highway and along the Chehalis River Bridge, are nearing the end of their useful life. This project will preserve and extend the life of the asphalt, and provide a smoother ride for drivers. The project also includes pavement repair, crack sealing, centerline rumble strips, restriping pavement markings, culvert repair and some ADA upgrades at targeted locations.    

Needs & benefits

Why is WSDOT resurfacing and chip sealing SR 6?
Between 1999, 2003 and 2010, several sections of SR 6 have been resurfaced. Over time, due to wear and tear, this stretch of highway is showing signs of deterioration such as cracking and rutting. Deferring this work would result in more expensive repairs. 

The End Result
In addition to providing drivers a smoother ride, this work helps WSDOT preserve SR 6 in Lewis County and the bridge deck along the Chehalis River Bridge. 

  • Preserve infrastructure and extends the life of the highway.
  • Reduces the need for costly emergency maintenance repairs and unexpected closures.
  • Repave the bridge deck on the Chehalis River Bridge.
  • Improving safety features by upgrading striping and installing updated reflective guideposts. 


  • Spring 2020: Project was awarded to C.A. Carey Corportation.
  • Summer 2020: Construction scheduled to begin.
  • Late summer/early fall 2020: Construction scheduled for completion. 

What can drivers expect during construction?

  • Daytime, single-lane closures from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Travelers should expect delays of up to 20 minutes throughout the work zone, with flaggers and a pilot car.
  • Travelers will follow a signed detour around Chehalis River Bridge closure.
    • Monday to Friday mornings, from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.
    • Friday to Saturday mornings: 7 p.m. to 8 a.m.
  • A temporary speed limit reduction will be in place throughout the work zone, reducing the speed limit down to 35 mph. 

All work is weather dependent. 


The estimated cost of this project is approximately $2 million dollars


Financial Data for PIN 400619A, 400619B
Funding Source Amount ($ in thousands)
2003 Gas Tax (Nickel Funding) $0
2005 Gas Tax (TPA) $0
Pre-Existing Funds (PEF) $717
CWA $1,562
Total $2,279


Colin Newell - Project Engineer

Celeste Dimichina - WSDOT Communications

SR 6 – Chehalis River Bridge to I-5 – Pavement Rehab project map overview