SR 14 - Access Improvements

Status

November 2017

  • The project is currently in the design phase.  
  • Construction is scheduled to begin in 2019.
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Why is WSDOT improving access to SR 14 through Washougal?
Currently, access to and from the SR 14 corridor through Washougal is limited, affecting safety and economic development. Project improvements will enhance the roadway system to provide better access to SR 14 within the corridor, balancing the needs of all users.

Existing issues

  • Safety: A high rate of collisions at the intersections of SR 14 at 15th Street and 32nd Street 
  • Access/connectivity: The current configuration of the SR 14 and 32nd Street intersection limits freight and local traffic access to and from Washougal via SR 14. 
  • Economic development: Freight travel in and out of the Port of Camas-Washougal is limited due to the current highway configuration.

Public involvement 
On Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, hundreds of community members attended an open house at the Port of Camas-Washougal to learn about proposed current project design options. WSDOT staff discussed the project, took feedback and answered questions.

Why roundabouts?
Roundabouts at these locations offer the greatest safety benefit  by reducing the potential for severe collisions, while improving  connectivity and economic development opportunities along the
corridor. Construction of a roundabout at 32nd Street will restore use of the intersection from all directions.

Roundabout Benefits
Studies have shown that roundabouts are safer than traditional stop sign or signal-controlled intersections.

Studies by the Federal Highway Administration have found that roundabouts can increase traffic capacity by 30 percent to 50 percent compared to traditional intersections.

Want to learn more? Roundabout videos are available on YouTube.


 

 

The End Result
Improving access to the corridor will help to ensure the safety of the traveling public through this stretch of highway and will promote economic vitality in the region.

Project Benefits

  • Safety: Enhance safety and reduce collisions 
  • Mobility: Provide better freight and local traffic access in and out of Washougal via SR 14 
  • Economic development: Improved access allows for economic development in the City of Washougal

 

What is the project timeline?
Summer 2016:
Develop design alternatives
Determine project priorities

Fall 2016— Spring 2017:
Host open houses to present alternatives to the public
Refine & screen alternatives
Gather environmental data

Summer 2017— Winter 2019:
Obtain environmental permits
Right of way negotiations and acquisitions
Develop final plans, specifications and estimates

Spring 2019:
Construction scheduled to begin. 

Financial Information

  • The total estimated cost for this project is $7.6 million.

 

 

How can I get more information?
Contact:

Lori Figone
WSDOT Project Engineer
(360) 905-1500

Tamara Greenwell
WSDOT Communications
360-905-2056