For the past several weeks crews have been stockpiling rock and dirt along the shoulder of state Route 14 in anticipation of the onset of construction of the much anticipated Camas-Washougal widening and interchange project.
According to WSDOT Area Engineer Chris Tams, the material is being trucked in from another ongoing WSDOT Highway 14 project — $4.3 million in safety improvements being made from the Cape Horn Bridge to Cape Horn Road.
The stockpiling between Second and Sixth streets will continue for the next two to three weeks with no scheduled traffic impacts. The material will be used to create embankments for the interchange project.
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 Tams, the project will be advertised for construction bids on March 7.
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.