Salmon Creek project on I-5 will continue through the weekend

Closure could impact local traffic

The shut down of all lanes of Interstate-5 in Salmon Creek this weekend is very likely to impact traffic and cause congestion on roads around Clark County, including state Route 14.

I-5 at Salmon Creek will close on Friday, beginning at 11 p.m., and won’t re-open until Monday at 5 a.m.

During this time, I-5 southbound will be closed between I-205 and Northeast 134th Street, and I-5 north will be closed between state Route 500 and I-205. In addition, northbound on- and off-ramps will be closed at interchanges including East 39th Street, Northeast Highway 99 and Main Street, Northeast 78th Street and Northeast 99th Street.

The Washington State Department of Transportation project will set girders for a new bridge that is being erected over the interstate. This is the final stage of the $43 million Salmon Creek interchange project. A new interchange at Northeast 39th Street will reduce traffic and improve safety.

“The close proximity of traffic signals on Northeast 134th Street and high traffic volumes in the area create gridlock, long delays, traffic back-ups, and a high rate of automobile accidents,” according to WSDOT. “The Salmon Creek interchange project will help address these problems.”

Construction is expected to be complete in 2014.

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