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SR 502 - Widening From I-5 to Battle Ground - Project Specifics

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Public and agency involvement

Your thoughts and opinions are important to us. Public involvement efforts have been underway on this project since 1996.

In 2007, businesses and residents along SR 502 chose the on-corridor alignment as the preferred option over relocating the highway north or south of where it exists today. 

We are working with affected property owners along the SR 502 corridor to purchase property needed to widen and improve safety on the highway. We will purchase as little property as possible, but if we have to purchase property we will pay fair market value. We can also help businesses or residents relocate if they wish by providing relocation funds.

Find more information by visiting our
Real Estate page, including questions and answers on property acquisition.
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, also available in Spanish.

An open house and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) hearing was held June 23, 2009. This allowed the public to speak with project staff about and provide formal comments on the DEIS.

A SAFETEA-LU 6002 Coordination Plan was developed as part of the EIS process to communicate project information to all participating agencies and the public.

A combined open house and access hearing was held in January 2009 for affected property owners. The previous open house occurred in May 2008 near Battle Ground. Prior to that, two open houses were held in September and June of 2007 at the Battle Ground High School. This gave the public an opportunity to review the design alternatives and provide input on the project.

A scoping meeting was held in February 2007 at Battle Ground High School. Another open house was held in March 2007 to introduce several conceptual alignments. Alignment options were presented again in May 2007.

WSDOT engaged the public in the conceptual discussions about this project in February 2001 as part of the creation of I-5/I-205 North Corridor Strategy Report (.pdf, 5 mb), and in February 2002 as part of the creation of the Access Point Decision Report. In addition, several open houses were held in 1999 and 2000, and a special Citizen's Advisory Committee gave input and guidance to the study team.

Additional outreach efforts will occur during the design and environmental process, so that residents and property owners can review and contribute to the project's plans prior to construction.

In addition, two oversight committees have been formed. They meet when needed to provide input and perspective during the design process.

Executive Committee
Dennis Osborn - City Manager, City of Battle Ground
Pete Capell - Director, Clark County Public Works
Dean Lookingbill - Transportation Director, Regional Transportation Council
Bart Gernhart - Deputy Regional Administrator, WSDOT

Technical Advisory Committee
Scott Sawyer - City of Battle Ground
Ejaz Khan - Engineer III, Clark County
Mike Mabrey - Planner III, Clark County
Mark Harrington - Transportation Analyst, Regional Transportation Council
Chris Tams - Project Engineer, WSDOT

WSDOT will post information about all public involvement opportunities on this Web page and the Public Involvement page as they are scheduled.

Increasing safety is our priority

This project will help keep traffic moving on SR 502 between I-5 and Battle Ground as the area continues to grow. Improved mobility and decreased congestion contributes to safer roads, appropriate travel speeds, and reduced accident rates.

Environmental protection

The necessary environmental analysis for this project has begun. This study will detail the project's environmental impacts (natural, ecological, societal and economic) in order to guide final design and construction. This project may provide an opportunity to mitigate impacts to wetland habitat and from storm water runoff in the project area.

For environmental information specific to this project, please contact Barb Aberle at (360) 905-2186, or e-mail 

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 and Chinook Tribes. Formal consultation was initiated during the fall of 2007. WSDOT is continuing consultation as the project develops. The cultural resources discipline report arrived in March 2008 and the tribes are reviewing and commenting on the report.

For more information visit our WSDOT Tribal Liaison website.