- This week's traffic impacts.
- Traffic was shifted to the new, straighter alignment on Nov. 16, 2012.
- Crews have temporarily suspended work for the winter.
- The speed limit on SR 14 has been reduced to 40 mph through the work zone.
This project helps 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.
Why is WSDOT
constructing this project?
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.
- Safety: Helps reduce collisions by straightening several curves on SR 14.
- Mobility: Allows slow-moving trucks to pull off the highway between Marble and Belle Center roads so vehicles can pass more easily.
What is the project timeline?
- April 2007: Initial design work began.
- March 2009: Right-of-Way acquisition began.
- October 7, 2009: Project open house.
- August 2012: Construction began.
- Fall 2013: Construction expected to be complete.
Project signage will reflect the cost of construction engineering, project bid award and sales tax.
- Pre-existing funds: $6.6 million
- Total funding available: $6.6 million
How can I get more information?
Area Engineer Chris Tams
WSDOT Columbia Gorge Area Office
P.O. Box 1709
Vancouver, WA 98668-1709
Phone: 360-759-1310, or toll-free 1-866-279-0730
PO Box 1709
Vancouver, WA 98668-1709
or access our project feedback form.
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