Widening the West Camas Slough Bridge
This project originally included widening the West Camas Slough Bridge, but in 2008 those improvements were cut due to budget issues.
We estimate it will cost between $25 million and $30 million to do all the work necessary to widen the West Camas Slough Bridge. We can't simply add lanes to the top; the structure has to be retrofitted to meet current seismic standards, and we have to stabilize the soil underneath the bridge and strengthen the footings and columns before adding the weight of new concrete, steel and asphalt to the bridge deck.
Project stakeholders, including the public, the cities of Camas and Washougal, and local legislators, provided input in 2008 to help us make a decision about how to invest limited funding for this project.
Though SR 14 narrows from four lanes to two at the West Camas Slough Bridge, most of the congestion and collisions on this section of highway are caused by the signals at Union and Second streets. Backups at the signals make the bridge bottleneck worse. By removing the signals, we improve safety and mobility along the entire project area.
After the SR 14 Camas-Washougal Widening and Interchange project is complete, we estimate it will be 15 to 20 years before the bottleneck at the West Camas Slough Bridge begins to cause significant backups. We are currently scoping a future project to widen the bridge to four lanes, hopefully before the bridge causes congestion issues.
Your thoughts and opinions are important to us. Multiple meetings with individual affected property owners began in winter 2008/2009.
WSDOT hosted an open house April 26, 2011, at the Camas Police Department. Staff updated the public and shared construction-related travel information before work began in summer 2011.
Project information was available at an open house for another SR 14 project, on February 18, 2010 at the White Salmon Valley Library.
WSDOT held an open house October 7, 2009 in Skamania County to present information and traffic impacts for three SR 14 projects planned for construction next summer, including the SR 14 - Camas-Washougal Widening & Interchange project.
On July 26, 2009 WSDOT presented project information to the Hispanic community at an open house held in Vancouver. Click here to view the project flyer, available in English and Spanish.
April 15 2009, an open house and access hearing was held to discuss changes to the project design and hear testimonies from the public.
Several meetings with the River's Edge and Columbia Shores Neighborhood Associations have been held to discuss the noise provisions and get community feedback in 2008. A neighborhood meeting with the Columbia Shores Neighborhood Association was held in September 2008 to discuss neighborhood concerns relating to the project. An open house was held in April 2008 to discuss changes in the design of this project with the public. A newsletter outlining these changes was sent out the community in early April 2008.
Open houses were also held in September 2004, November 2006 and May 2006. These open houses provided the public with an opportunity to learn more about the project.
Multiple stakeholder meetings have occurred between WSDOT and the local jurisdictions in 2004 and 2005 with the goal of developing a long-term plan for the SR 14 corridor. This project is part of the long-term plan.
WSDOT and the local jurisdictions plan to keep the community informed throughout the different stages of this project. Updates will be provided through public meetings and open houses, mailings, the local media and this Web page.
For the latest public involvement meetings in southwest Washington, visit the Southwest Region's Public Involvement Web page.
Increasing safety is our priority
This project will help traffic move more safely on SR 14 through the Camas-Washougal area. Constructing a four-lane divided highway and a new interchange in this section of the corridor will eliminate cross-over accidents, and reduce the number of rear-end accidents. Improved mobility and decreased congestion also contributes to safer roads and reduced accident rates.
WSDOT makes every effort to assess and minimize environmental impacts from our projects. A detailed analysis of the project’s environmental impacts will be completed, and, if necessary, an appropriate plan for mitigation of impacts will be developed and documented as part of the environmental documentation and environmental permitting processes. This project may provide an opportunity to improve wetland habitat and storm water runoff in the project area. During project design, WSDOT will work to minimize the impact to wetlands in the project area.
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.
It has not been determined if this project will impact tribal lands. WSDOT will initiate consultation with the tribes as necessary during the design phase.
For more information visit our WSDOT Tribal Liaison website.