Southwest region construction

Last updated: 1:50 p.m., Tuesday, April 23, 2019 

Please Note: All construction and maintenance activities are weather dependent. 

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Clark County

I-205 - Ramp Meter and SR 503 Variable Message Sign
Highway: 
I-205 RegionSouthwest County: Clark Location: Mileposts: 30.80 - 31.45
Contact: Devin Reck, WSDOT, 360-759-1310 
Description: Contractor crews working for WSDOT will install ramp meters at the two connecting on-ramps to northbound I-205 from westbound SR 500 and Northeast Fourth Plain Boulevard. 
Work schedule: 

  • Monday, April 22 to Friday, April 26: Crews will perform right and left shoulder closures on the on-ramp to northbound I-205 from westbound SR 500 and Northeast Fourth Plain Boulevard daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for installation work.

SR 500 - between St. Johns Boulevard and Northeast 54th Avenue - Median Barrier Installation
Highway: SR 500 RegionSouthwest County: Clark Location: Mileposts: 1.60-2.40
Contact: Mike Briggs, WSDOT, 360-905-1550
Description: WSDOT will install median barrier between the eastbound and westbound lanes of SR 500, between St. Johns Boulevard and Northeast 54th Avenue. 
Work schedule: 

  • Thursday, April 25 to the morning of Friday, April 26: The single inside lanes on both directions of SR 500 between St. Johns Boulevard and Northeast 54th Avenue, will close overnight, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., for median barrier installation work. 

Cowlitz County

SR 504 - Mount St. Helens Forest Learning Center closed for building repairs until May 18
Highway: SR 504 Region: Southwest County: Cowlitz Location: Milepost 33.1
Contact: Aaron Yanez, WSDOT, 360-905-2297 
Description: The facility, including the gift shop, restrooms and parking lot, will be closed to visitors to allow contractor crews to complete repairs to the building. 
Work schedule: 

  • Thursday, April 4 to Saturday, May 18: The Mount St. Helens Forest Learning Center located at milepost 33.1 on SR 504 will be closed to visitors until Saturday, May 18 for building repairs. The parking lot will also be closed to travelers during this time.

I-5 - Toutle River Rest Areas - CLOSED for annual maintenance and repairs 
Highway: 
I-5 Region: Southwest County: Cowlitz Location: Mileposts 54.0
Contact: Cliff Nowels, WSDOT, 360-740-8643
Description: Crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will close both the northbound and southbound Toutle River Rest Areas, for annual maintenance and repair work. 
Work schedule: 

  • Monday, April 22 to Friday, May 3: The northbound and southbound Toutle River Rest Areas at milepost 54.0, will close beginning at 6 a.m., Monday, April 22 until 5 p.m., Friday, May 3., for annual maintenance and repair work. 
  • Note: Travelers heading southbound on I-5 can find the next rest area at Gee Creek at milepost 11. Travelers heading northbound on I-5 can find the next rest area at Scatter Creek at milepost 90.

Klickitat County

  • No scheduled traffic impacts

Lewis County

  • No scheduled traffic impacts. 

Pacific County

  • No scheduled traffic impacts. 

Skamania County

  • No scheduled traffic impacts. 

Wahkiakum County

SR 409 - Columbia River Bridge at Puget Island - Deck Replacement and Painting
Highway: SR 409 Region: Southwest County: Wahkiakum Location: Milepost: 2.79 - 3.30
Contact: Joanna Lowrey, WSDOT, 360-442-1350
Description: Contractor crews will install a new bridge deck and repaint the structure.

  • Beginning Friday, March 22, 2019, until further notice: Traffic will alternate through a single lane, around-the-clock, for bridge painting and deck replacement work. For everyone’s safety, the speed limit across the bridge is 25 mph. Please slow down and give crews room to work.

Wahkiakum County Ferry - Puget Island, WA
Highway:
SR 409 Region: Southwest County: Wahkiakum Location: Puget Island
Contact: Wahkiakum County Public Works, 360-795-7867

Ferry Schedule:

  • The ferry departs every day from Puget Island, WA on the hour, every hour, daily, from 5 a.m. and 10 p.m.
  • The ferry departs every day from Westport, OR, at 15-minutes past the hour, every hour, daily, from 5:15 a.m. to 10:15 p.m. For more information, please call 360-795-7867.

Information for bordering states can be found at the Bordering Travel Information page.

An overall view of Southwest construction project locations can be found by viewing our 2018 Construction projects location map (pdf 381 kb).

Safety Tips for Driving Through Work Zones

  • Pay attention - driver inattention is the number one cause of work zone accidents.
  • Leave room between you and the car ahead of you - most work zone accidents involve someone running into the car ahead of them.
  • Drive defensively - be aware of what is happening around you.
  • Merge into the proper lane before you reach the work zone.
  • Don't use cell phones or adjust your radio while driving.
  • Avoid work zones by using alternate routes.