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Two new roundabouts coming to SR 14 in Washougal

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 12:10

Construction on the $7.5 million project begins Wednesday, May 29

Tamara Greenwell, communications, 360-905-2056

WASHOUGAL – Following years of public input, planning, design, right of way acquisitions, environmental permitting and stakeholder meetings, work to improve safety and access to and from State Route 14 in Washougal begins next week.

On Wednesday, May 29, the Washington State Department of Transportation’s contractor Thompson Bros. Excavating, Inc. will begin building roundabouts on SR 14 at the intersections of Washougal River Road/15th Street and 32nd Street.

Why roundabouts?

  • Safety: Roundabouts help reduce the likelihood and severity of collisions. With low travel speeds and no light to beat, the few collisions that occur in roundabouts are typically minor and cause few injuries.
  • Keeping travelers moving: Roundabouts help keep traffic moving. Unlike intersections with traffic signals, drivers do not have to wait for a green light at a roundabout to get through the intersection; so more travelers can get through in the same amount of time. 
  • Access: The new roundabout on SR 14 at 32nd Street will also provide better travel in and out of Washougal and the port by restoring all access to and from the highway.
  • Information on how to drive a roundabout is available on the WSDOT Blog.

What to expect during construction

  • Intermittent single-lane closures.
  • Intermittent full closures of Washougal River Road/15th Street and 32nd Street at SR 14. To ensure alternate travel options, no two intersections will be closed at the same time.
  • Travelers should expect delays of up to 20 minutes through the construction area.
  • Users should use caution and reduce speeds through the work zone until the project is complete this fall.

Those who use SR 14 can sign up to receive the latest project and closure updates via email or stay up to date with the WSDOT mobile app.

Coordinating with community partners

WSDOT works with community partners and coordinates construction work around events, other construction projects and business needs to keep traffic and the economy moving. During the Washougal Motocross event crews will not close lanes of SR 14.

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