Federal, state and local officials will be in Camas today to cut the ceremonial ribbon that will officially re-open to traffic a newly built section of Highway 14.
Officials expected to attend the event include Shari Hildreth representing U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler’s office; Schuyler Hoss of Gov. Chris Gregoire’s office; 18th District Rep. Liz Pike, Camas Mayor Scott Higgins, Port of Camas-Washougal Executive Director David Ripp and former 18th District Sen. Joe Zarelli.
Ripp said the 16-month construction process has produced good results.
“It is very exciting to see this project almost completed,” he said. “I am amazed how quickly it came together and how much it is going to improve the flow of traffic along SR-14.”
The highway will be open to traffic in time for the morning commute on Wednesday. Crews will still have some work to do, however, so only one lane will be open in each direction for a few weeks. All lanes will open after construction crews complete work including installing signs, guardrail and streetlights.
Work on the road will then stop for the winter, but the project isn’t completely finished. Once the dry weather returns in the spring, crews will return to complete paving and striping.