"These changes will encourage more people to walk or bike, while also giving drivers a visual cue to look out for other users of the road."
-- Pete Capell, Camas city administrator
“These changes will encourage more people to walk or bike, while also giving drivers a visual cue to look out for other users of the road.”
— Pete Capell, Camas city administrator
Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians will soon notice some changes along state Route 500 in Camas.
According to a press release, beginning Sunday crews from the Washington State Department of Transportation will re-stripe portions of SR-500 to add bike lanes and two-way left turn lanes in an effort to improve safety.
“There is plenty of room for cars and bikes to share the road,” said WSDOT Regional Traffic Engineer Chad Hancock. “The new striping will reconfigure the lanes to add better visibility for all users.”
In a plan developed with Camas city officials, the new bike lanes on SR-500 between Northeast Third Avenue and Northeast 23rd Avenue will connect with existing bike lanes traveling toward Lacamas Lake.
“Our residents want slower traffic through their neighborhood and these changes will encourage more people to walk or bike while also giving drivers a visual cue to look out for other users of the road,” said Camas City Administrator Pete Capell.
With the re-striping will come some parking adjustments. Both sides of Everett Street are now no parking zones, but six spaces will be added on Northeast 15th Avenue next to Crown Park.
Drivers who use SR-500 in Camas should plan for daytime delays while crews remove the old pavement markings, re-stripe the streets and add new bike lane symbols. Daytime work will continue through Friday, July 17.