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Paving work on three highways postponed due to weather

Thursday, September 1, 2016 - 08:18

Tamara Greenwell, communications, 360-905-2056

Paving work on three highways postponed due to weather

KELSO – With rain and cooler temperatures in the forecast, resurfacing work in Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties is postponed until next year.

During the summer, Washington State Department of Transportation contractor Granite Construction, Inc. took advantage of dry, hot weather by repaving about 5.5 miles of State Route 4, almost 9 miles of State Route 411 and more than 4 miles of State Route 432. But that will be the extent of paving work completed on these highways in 2016.

“Repaving the highway is an important investment that should last for many years if done in warm, dry weather, but is jeopardized if the weather is cool and damp,” said WSDOT Project Engineer Joanna Lowrey. “By waiting until next year to finish this work, we ensure that we’re getting a better return on our investment.”

During the next two weeks, crews will apply a weather-resistant topcoat to the newly repaved sections of the roadways, seal joints in the pavement and re-stripe the highways. Work to finish paving the highways will resume in spring 2017, at no additional cost to taxpayers.

The resurfacing work preserves the useful life of the highways and creates safer driving conditions.

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