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Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Leon Winger, WSDOT project engineer, 360-905-1500 (Vancouver)
Heidi Sause, WSDOT communications, 360-905-2057 (Vancouver)
Drivers should plan for detours during final weekend closure at interchange
VANCOUVER – Planning to use the newly opened State Route 500 interchange at St. Johns Boulevard this weekend? One last piece of construction work may change drivers’ plans.
Both directions of St. Johns Boulevard will be closed between SR 500 and Northeast Cherry Road from 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, to 5 a.m. Monday, Sept. 24, while crews complete work in and around the new interchange.
The interchange bridge over SR 500 and the highway on- and off-ramps will remain open throughout the weekend. Drivers should follow signed detour routes to navigate around the closure.
The closure allows contractor crews with Tapani Underground Inc. to rebuild a portion of the arterial and create a smoother transition between the roadway and the new bridge that carries St. Johns Boulevard over SR 500.
“This is the last major traffic impact drivers will see on the interchange project,” said Washington State Department of Transportation Project Engineer Leon Winger.
WSDOT fully opened the new interchange on Sept. 12, 2012, but some final work still remains. This weekend, crews will also remove a temporary crosswalk from St. Johns Boulevard and install a permanent crossing and pedestrian signal for Burnt Bridge Creek Trail users. The permanent crossing will be located at the north end of interchange near Northeast Petticoat Lane.
This work is part of a $48 million project to construct an interchange at SR 500 and St. Johns Boulevard. The project is scheduled for completion in 2013.
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