Warm weather signals return of crews who will complete the final work on SR-14 project

The home stretch

WSDOT crews have signs waiting in the wings in preparation for the closure of Union Street in Camas, the first of which will take place tonight starting at 8 p.m. It will re-open by 6 a.m. on Wednesday.

Unlike other parts of the United States, the Pacific Northwest has welcomed warmer, drier weather in recent weeks. Returning with the climate and time changes are State Route 14 work crews who will finish the $49 million project, which broke ground June 1, 2011.

Equipment hit the road yesterday. Washington State Department of Transportation contractor Tapani Underground Inc. began the process of alternating nighttime closures of Union and Second streets for bridge work.

Union Street will be closed at SR-14 from 8 p.m. 6 a.m. Wednesday, Second Street will be closed at SR-14 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thursday, and Union Street will be closed at SR-14 from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. Thursday,

Work never completely ceased this past winter, but impacts to drivers were minimal. Crews worked mainly outside the travel lanes to complete 10 walls, install guardrail and signs, and perform landscaping activities.

There’s still more work to be done on the nearly 4-mile-long project this spring and summer. Rough old pavement will be ground out, and when the weather is warm and dry enough, crews will lay smooth new asphalt and paint fresh lane stripes the entire length of the project.

Construction on this 2005 gas-tax-funded project is expected to be complete in early summer.

For more information on construction impacts, visit www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/sr14/camaswashougal.

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