On Wednesday construction crews on state Route 14 will switch on a new, temporary signal at Sixth Street in Washougal.
According to the Washington State Department of Transportation, while the overall goal of the SR-14 Camas-Washougal widening and interchange project is to eliminate signals and improve traffic flow, the temporary signal at Sixth Street is necessary to provide safer, easier access to Camas and Washougal when crews shift traffic and close local intersections during stage 2 of construction.
Stage 2 begins in March, and includes widening SR-14 to four lanes from the end of the West Camas Slough Bridge to just east of Union Street, raising the entire highway more than 25 feet above where it stands today, and building two half-interchanges at Union and Second streets.
These major tasks require all traffic to be shifted to the new frontage road on the south side of SR-14, which was built as part of stage 1, along with two roundabouts.
The intersections at Union and Second streets will also be closed periodically so crews can connect the streets underneath the newly raised highway.