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Friday, February 01, 2013
Leon Winger, WSDOT project engineer, 360-905-1500 (Vancouver)
Heidi Sause, WSDOT communications, 360-905-2057 (Vancouver)
Crews close ramps next week to continue bridge foundation work
VANCOUVER – Bridge construction takes center stage for 88,000 drivers traveling through Salmon Creek via interstates 5 and 205 next week. On Monday, Feb. 4, crews building a new bridge at Northeast 139th Street will move drilling equipment from a slope below I-5 to the grassy median at the I-5/I-205 junction.
Moving equipment helps crews set the stage for the next area of operations on the Salmon Creek Interchange Project.
“This is the first time that the drilling crews will be right in the middle of the interstates,” said Washington State Department of Transportation Area Engineer Leon Winger. “The work zone will be right out in front of drivers, and we want to make sure everybody remembers to stay focused on the roadway.”
Tuesday night ramp closure details
While Monday’s work won’t impact drivers, crews will close two ramps at the Northeast 134th Street interchange on Tuesday, Feb. 5.
Crews will close the exit from southbound I-205 to Northeast 134th Street from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Southbound drivers heading to Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital should exit I-5 at Northeast 179th Street (Exit 9) and follow the signed detour. When the ramp reopens on Wednesday morning, traffic will be shifted and a width restriction of 11 feet will be in place.
Crews will also close the on-ramp from Northeast 134th Street to northbound I-5 and I-205 from 10 p.m. Tuesday to 5 a.m. Wednesday.
The $133 million Salmon Creek Interchange project is a partnership between WSDOT and Clark County Public Works. The project will reduce collisions and improve safety by reducing backups and freeing traffic flow.
WSDOT’s contractor is working on the fourth and final stage of the interchange project, which builds a new interchange at Northeast 139th Street. The project is on schedule to be complete by the end of 2014.
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