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New pavement and better sidewalk connections coming to SR 500 in Camas

Lane and sidewalk closures to begin on Tue., June 19

CAMAS — People who walk, bike, or drive on State Route 500 through Camas will soon have a smoother ride.

The Washington State Department of Transportation will begin a project next week to provide new pavement and better sidewalk connections along SR 500 in Camas. This map shows the location of the project. Map courtesy of Washington State Department of Transportation
The Washington State Department of Transportation will begin a project next week to provide new pavement and better sidewalk connections along SR 500 in Camas. This map shows the location of the project. Map courtesy of Washington State Department of Transportation

Beginning Tue., June 19, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) contractor, Granite Construction Company, will grind and repave both directions of SR 500 between Washougal River Bridge and Leadbetter Road and improve sidewalks along the highway. In partnership with the city of Camas, crews will also reconfigure pavement markings for improved operations on N.E. 3rd Avenue between approximately N.E. Garfield St. and N.E. Dallas St.

“Repairing potholes, ruts and cracks in the pavement before deeper layers of the road are damaged saves time and money,” said WSDOT Project Engineer Lori Figone. “Updating sidewalks and street crossings provides more transportation options for people in the community.”

Lane closures and construction details

  • Daytime lane closures on SR 500 between Washougal River Bridge and Leadbetter Road in sections daily from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.
  • Travelers may experience some uneven and rough surfaces and should expect delays of up to 20 minutes through the construction area.
  • Users should be cautious and travel at reduced speeds approaching the work zone until the project is complete this fall.

Improvements for people who use the sidewalk

  • Smoother transitions between the sidewalk and crosswalks for all users.
  • During the work, people will be able to use intersections to cross the road, but may need to detour to safely avoid work zones.
  • Those who use the sidewalk through the area should plan for extra travel time in case of detours.

Coordinating with community partners

WSDOT works with community partners and coordinates construction work around events, other construction projects and business needs to keep traffic and the economy moving.

No lane closures will be allowed on the first Friday through the city of Camas from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. for the Camas First Friday event.

In observance of Independence Day, there will be no lane closures Mon., July 2 through Sat., July 7.

For a full list of lane closure restrictions, visit the project web page.

Project funding

According to WSDOT, the paving work estimates for the project total $1.8 million and the sidewalk updates estimate is $1.2 million.

The project is being funded largely by the 2015 Connecting Washington funding package, $16 billion funded primarily by an 11.9-cent gas tax increase that was fully phased-in on July 1, 2016. It is a 16-year program.

The Connecting Washington funding for this project totals $2.442 million according to WSDOT. Other funding for the project includes existing funds.

Hyperlinks within the release:

Project web page: www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/SR500/Camas-pavingandsidewalkupdates/default.htm

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