SR 6 - Chehalis River Br. to I-5 - Pavement Rehab

Project news

Beginning summer 2020, contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will resurface 19 miles of State Route 6 between Pe Ell and the city of Chehalis, in Lewis County.

The pavement on these two stretches of highway are nearing the end of their useful life. This project will preserve and extend the life of the asphalt, and provide a smoother ride for drivers. The project also includes pavement repair, crack sealing, centerline rumble strips, restriping pavement markings, culvert repair and some ADA upgrades at targeted locations.    

Needs & benefits

Why is WSDOT resurfacing and chip sealing SR 6?
Between 1999, 2003 and 2010, several sections of SR 6 have been resurfaced. Over time, due to wear and tear, this stretch of highway is showing signs of deterioration such as cracking and rutting. Deferring this work would result in more expensive repairs. 

The End Result
In addition to providing drivers a smoother ride, this work helps WSDOT preserve SR 6 in Lewis County. 

  • Preserve infrastructure and extends the life of the highway.
  • Reduces the need for costly emergency maintenance repairs and unexpected closures.
  • Repave the bridge deck on the Chehalis River Bridge.
  • Improving safety features by upgrading striping and installing updated reflective guideposts. 


  • Winter 2020: Project scheduled to go to competitive bid.
  • Spring 2020: Construction scheduled to begin.
  • Summer 2020: Construction scheduled to be completed. 

What can drivers expect?
On working days between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., drivers should expect delays of up to 20 minutes as they alternate through the construction area by pilot car. There will be a temporary speed limit reduction of 35 mph for safety and to reduce flying rock debris. 

All work is weather dependent. 


The estimated cost of this project is approximately $1 million dollars


Colin Newell - Project Engineer

Celeste Dimichina - WSDOT Communications

SR 6 – Chehalis River Bridge to I-5 – Pavement Rehab project map overview