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SR 14 - Marble Road Vicinity to Belle Center Road - Safety Improvements - Complete Fall 2013

Project Status - Complete


Overview
This project helped to improve safety and mobility on State Route 14 between Marble Road and Belle Center Road in western Skamania County by straightening several curves, paving and replacing guardrail, and rebuilding the shoulder to accommodate slow-moving trucks.

SR 14 is a popular route for sightseeing, and accessing various historical and recreational sites inside the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Commercial vehicles often travel the highway on their way to and from ports and cities along the Columbia River and the Washington-Oregon state line.

Approximately 4,200 vehicles drive SR 14 between Marble and Belle Center roads each day. Between Jan. 1, 2001 and September 2012, 95 collisions were reported on this section of highway.

From May 2004 to May 2006, the Washington Traffic Safety Commission and Steering Committee, in conjunction with WSDOT, designated a portion of SR 14 from the Clark County line to North Bonneville as a Traffic Safety Corridor.

The End Result
SR 14 will be straighter and easier to navigate. Slow-moving trucks will be able to continue using the eastbound shoulder between Marble and Belle Center roads to let faster traffic pass. Other minor safety improvements will be completed at the intersection of Belle Center Road and SR 14.

Previously, this project proposed to realign SR 14 at Belle Center Road (milepost 23.02 to 23.34) and between Belle Center Road and Cape Horn (milepost 23.34 to 24.6). Both of these elements have been deferred from the project due to escalating construction costs and limited funding. This project will still provide important safety improvements to this portion of SR 14.

How You Benefit
Cross GlyphImproves Safety
Helps reduce collisions by straightening several curves on SR 14.
Car GlyphRelieves Congestion
Allows slow-moving trucks to pull off the highway between Marble and Belle Center roads so vehicles can pass more easily.

Partnerships & Cooperation
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 did not impact any tribal resources since the work was entirely above ground on existing WSDOT right of way. For more information visit our WSDOT Tribal Liaison website.

WSDOT makes every effort to assess and minimize environmental impacts from our projects. A detailed analysis of the project’s environmental impacts was completed as part of the environmental documentation and environmental permitting processes. For environmental information specific to this project, please contact Barb Aberle at (360) 905-2186, or e-mail AberleB@wsdot.wa.gov.

Funding

  • Pre-existing funds: $6.6 million
  • Total funding available: $6.6 million

Contact Us
Area Engineer Chris Tams
WSDOT Columbia Gorge Area Office
11018 NE 51st Circle
Vancouver, WA 98682
Phone: 360-759-1310, or toll-free 1-866-279-0730
E-mail: swGorge@wsdot.wa.gov

or

Abbi Russell
WSDOT Communications
11018 NE 51st Circle
Vancouver, WA 98682
Phone: 360-905-2058
E-mail: Russela@wsdot.wa.gov

or access our project feedback form.

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