Both directions of SR 14 will close between 32nd Street and the Evergreen Highway, from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.
WASHOUGAL – People who use State Route 14 east of Washougal will need to plan extra time for their trips next week.
On Wednesday (Aug. 4), as part of the Steigerwald Reconnection Project, the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership’s contractor, Rotschy, Inc., will perform a trial installation of a precast flood wall which the Port of Camas-Washougal would setup across SR 14, in the event of future flooding.
To ensure the flood wall panels fit correctly, contractor crews will fully close SR 14 in both directions overnight, giving crews time and space to install, measure and remove the flood wall panels. Once the wall configurations fit accurately, the flood wall panels will be stored and managed by the Port of Camas-Washougal.
In addition to constructing a structure for the flood wall, this project raised SR 14 by 3-feet to meet projected 500-year flood elevation levels.
Wednesday, Aug. 4: Both directions of SR 14 will close between 32nd Street and the Evergreen Highway, from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Travelers along SR 14 will follow a signed detour through the area using Southeast Evergreen Highway and 32nd Street.
As with any highway construction project, travelers should exercise caution in the work zone, and reduce speed to ensure their safety and the safety of highway workers. It is also the law. Traffic fines are doubled in construction zones.
Links in this travel advisory:
- Steigerwald Reconnection Project: estuarypartnership.org/our-work/habitat-restoration/steigerwald-floodplain-restoration-project
- Law: leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=46.61.527
- Mobile app: wa.gov/Inform/mobile.htm
- Travel alerts: wsdot.com/traffic/trafficalerts/
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The original Steigerwald inundation plan’s appendix called for a greater than 3 foot rise for highway 14. I think we are avoiding the realities of 100 year floods that will be cause with the dikes breech. That endangers the new sewage plant that Washougal citizens are digging deep to pay for every 2 months.
I think this is a prime example of politicians and beauercrats turning a blind eye to nature’s ability to have the last word.