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Work to breathe new life into SR 7 between Morton and Elbe

Friday, July 21, 2017 - 15:09

Bart Treece, communications, 360-905-2058
Colin Newell, project engineer, 360-740-8600

Work to breathe new life into SR 7 between Morton and Elbe

Paving and culvert replacement starts July 25

MORTON – The area along State Route 7 between Morton and Elbe highlights some of the best of Lewis County with thick forests and peek-a-boo views of the Cascade foothills. While the scenery is worth the trip, the road to get there is marked by long cracks, wheel ruts and more patches than a homemade quilt. The good news is that those rough-riding days are numbered.

Beginning Tuesday, July 25, contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will begin replacing four aging culverts under the highway and repaving 11 miles of the two-lane road.

“This work was needed even before the cold and wet winter caused additional damage,” said WSDOT project engineer Colin Newell. “When complete, it will look almost brand new and people will certainly appreciate a much smoother ride.”

Keeping traffic moving

During construction of the four culverts that span the width of the highway, WSDOT’s contractor, Granite Construction, Inc., will alternate both directions of traffic through the work zone using a pilot car or with flaggers. Daytime traffic will continue to alternate into the fall months as paving work wraps up. Delays of up to 20 minutes are expected.

The $7.8 million project is funded by the Federal Highway Administration and the state’s 2015 Connecting Washington transportation package, and will be complete in October

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