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Coming soon! Safety improvements to change how you travel SR 500 in Vancouver

Monday, August 13, 2018 - 11:22

Tamara Greenwell, communications, 360-905-2076
Carley Francis, planning, 360-905-2182

Construction to start as early as this fall

VANCOUVER – In response to input from thousands of people during a safety study conducted earlier this year, the Washington State Department of Transportation has selected a Right In, Right Out design to improve safety on State Route 500 at Northeast Falk Road/Northeast 42nd Avenue and Northeast Stapleton Road/Northeast 54th Avenue in Vancouver.

In collaboration with the City of Vancouver, Clark County, C-TRAN and the Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council, the design was chosen because it balances significant safety improvements to SR 500, while maintaining some connectivity to SR 500 from local streets.

“With nearly 400 crashes occurring on SR 500 near these intersections over five years, we believe it’s our responsibility to do something to improve safety,” said Carley Francis, WSDOT Southwest Region Planning Director. “These improvements are relatively low cost, can be implemented rather quickly, and will significantly improve safety on SR 500.”

WSDOT has secured funding to begin implementing highway safety improvements identified through the study and is currently advertising a construction contract for the work to begin as early as this fall.

Next steps

  • WSDOT has put a contract out to bid and plans to begin work as soon as October 2018, if reasonable bids are received and weather cooperates.
  • Contractor crews will remove the traffic lights at Northeast Falk Road/Northeast 42nd Avenue and Northeast Stapleton Road/Northeast 54th Avenue.
  • A barrier will be installed in the middle of the highway, reducing the risk of rear-end and left-turn related crashes.
  • Crews will restripe the roadway to extend merge lanes and reconfigure both intersections to safely direct traffic onto and off of the highway.
  • Travelers using sidewalks or bicycle facilities will not be able to cross SR 500 at Northeast Stapleton Road/Northeast 54th Avenue until a grade-separated crossing can be built. Until this new bicycle and pedestrian crossing is added, options to offset these effects are currently being explored. Funding for the crossing and potential additional improvements is identified in our 10-year plan, starting in the 2021-2023 biennium, but WSDOT is working with partners to find opportunities to expedite that funding if possible.
  • Most of the work is expected to be completed during a weekend closure of SR 500.
  • More information on construction sequence and timing will be available after a construction contract has been awarded.  

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