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Construction blooms again on SR 14 next week

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Date:  Friday, March 22, 2013

Contact: Chris Tams, WSDOT project engineer, 360-759-1310 (Vancouver)
Abbi Russell, WSDOT communications, 360-690-5367 (Vancouver)

CAMAS – Spring has sprung in the Pacific Northwest once again, waking up birds, flowers, and…paving machines?

Yes, warmer weather and longer days mean crews improving State Route 14 in Camas and Washougal are firing up their engines for another season of work. This time they’re in the homestretch to finish the $49 million project, which broke ground June 1, 2011.

Equipment hits the road Monday, March 25, when Washington State Department of Transportation contractor Tapani Underground Inc. begins alternating night time closures of Union and Second streets for bridge work.

Closure details
    •  Second Street will be closed at SR 14 from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. March 25 and 26
    •  Union Street will be closed at SR 14 from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. March 27
    •  Second Street will be closed at SR 14 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. March 28
    •  Union Street will be closed at SR 14 from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. March 28

Work never completely ceased this past winter, but impacts to drivers were minimal. Crews worked mainly outside the travel lanes to complete 10 walls, install guardrail and signs, and perform landscaping activities.

There’s still plenty to do on the nearly 4-mile-long project this spring and summer. Rough old pavement needs to be ground out, and when the weather is warm and dry enough, crews will lay smooth new asphalt and paint fresh lane stripes the entire length of the project.

Construction on this gas-tax-funded project is expected to be complete in early summer.

Stay up to date on construction progress and traffic impacts by visiting the project website, or sign up online to receive project email updates.


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