Open house will detail impacts of SR-14 construction project

Project begins this summer

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Traffic impacts during a major construction project along Highway 14 in Camas and Washougal will be the topic addressed during an upcoming open house.

The Washington State Department of Transportation will host the event on Tuesday, April 26, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Camas Police Department community room, 2100 N.E. Third Ave.

The $57 million Highway 14 safety improvement project will expand the highway to four lanes from the end of the west Camas Slough Bridge to Union Street; construct a new bridge on the east end of Lady Island; build a split diamond interchange at Union Street and Second Street; construct two new frontage roads with roundabouts on the north and south sides of the highway with major on/off ramps at Union Street and Second Street; and install a median barrier on Highway 14 through the entire length of the project.

According to Project Manager Chris Tams, once construction begins in early summer it will be built in two stages. First, he said, the frontage roads and roundabouts at Union and Second will be built while traffic continues to use the highway.

In stage two, all traffic from the highway will be diverted onto the frontage roads while the highway itself is closed down, extra lanes installed and overpasses constructed.

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