Your thoughts and opinions are important to us. Plans to improve the area around I-5, I-205 and NE 134th Street have been in development since 1997, when the Salmon Creek/Fairgrounds Regional Road System Plan considered a new connection across I-5 at NE 139th Street.
In 2001 WSDOT's I-5/I-205 North Corridor Strategy Report (pdf 5.0 mb) recommended improvements to the freeway interchanges in Salmon Creek and a new crossing over I-5 at NE 139th Street to improve local traffic circulation.
These recommendations were shared with the community during both processes above, as well as the during the Access Point Decision Report process in 2002 that considered changes to freeway access.
Since 2002 WSDOT and Clark County have held two additional public open houses to share progress and gather feedback as designs evolved. Additional public involvement opportunities will occur throughout environmental assessment, project design and construction.
In 2005 the project team identified a preferred project option based on safety and mobility. The two agencies hosted a public open house at WSU Vancouver in June to introduce this option to the community. Two newsletters were mailed to local residents, businesses and property owners to inform them of the open house and later, update them on project designs.
June 2005 open house newsletter (pdf 312 kb)
June 2006 updated design newsletter (pdf 297 kb)
An access hearing was held in 2006 to inform and receive formal testimony from property owners who would be affected by the project.
In July 2009 WSDOT presented project information to the Hispanic community at an open house in Vancouver. Click here to view the project flyer, also available Spanish.
WSDOT and Clark County completed the Environmental Assessment and released it for public comment in Nov. 2009, and hosted an open house on Dec. 2, to solict publice feedback on the document.
For more public involvement information in WSDOT's Southwest Region, visit the Southwest Region's Public Involvement page.
Increasing safety is our priority
This project will help keep traffic moving on I-5 and I-205 and freeway off ramps and surface streets in the NE 134th Street vicinity. Improved mobility and decreased congestion contributes to safer roads and appropriate travel speeds and reduced accident rates.
WSDOT makes every effort to assess and minimize negative impacts from highway improvement projects. An environmental assessment for the project is currently underway, which will look at how construction of this project might affect the natural and built environment. The environmental assessment will also determine how best to minimize these potential impacts. The public is encouraged to participate in the creation and review of the environmental assessment by attending public open houses or contacting the project team. Please see the "Public Involvement" and "How can I get more information?" sections of this Web page for more information.
For environmental information specific to this project, please contact Barb Aberle at (360) 905-2186, or e-mail AberleB@wsdot.wa.gov.
Will this project impact tribal resources?
At WSDOT we seek to address the concerns of the tribal nations using the process outlined in Section 106 of The National Historic Preservation Act and the WSDOT Tribal Consultation Policy adopted in 2003 by the Transportation Commission as part of the WSDOT Centennial Accord Plan.
This project lies within the usual and accustomed areas of the Cowlitz Tribe. WSDOT has initiated the consultation and is working through the process with the Tribe.
For more information visit our WSDOT Tribal Liaison website.