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Tuesday, September 04, 2012
Chris Tams, WSDOT project engineer, 360-759-1310 (Vancouver)
Abbi Russell, WSDOT communications, 360-905-2058 (Vancouver)
Safety project improves driving conditions on a curvy section of highway
WASHOUGAL – The curves on State Route 14 in western Skamania County can throw you for a loop, especially if you’ve never driven them before. This summer, construction crews are changing that with a $5 million project to improve safety for 4,200 daily drivers.
Since 2001, 95 collisions have been reported in the one-mile section of SR 14 between Marble and Belle Center roads. The safety project straightens five curves along this section of highway.
“Each curve drives a little different; you have to adjust your speed with each one,” said Washington State Department of Transportation project engineer Chris Tams. “We’re going to make the road more consistent and predictable, which can help drivers more safely navigate the road.”
Crews with Nutter Corporation of Vancouver, Wash., will shift SR 14 to the north just west of Marble Road and rebuild the eastbound shoulder between Marble and Belle Center roads. Slow-moving trucks often use this section of shoulder to move over and allow traffic to pass. Crews will also repave and replace guardrail.
Starting Sept. 4, drivers can expect single-lane closures, flagging and 20-minute delays during daylight hours, seven days a week.
The project is scheduled to be complete by fall 2013.
Stay up to date on construction-related traffic impacts by visiting the WSDOT Travel Alerts and Southwest Region Construction Update Web pages.
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