Keep cool and safe as summer construction heats up in Clark County

By Tamara Greenwell

As the nice and cozy summer season sun shines down, construction tasks are revving up in Clark County. With 4 enormous construction tasks going on on Interstate 5 and I-205, as effectively as State Route 14 and SR 500 this summer, everybody have got to be ready for a few congestion or journey delays.

We recognize summer season roadwork may be frustrating, but warm, dry climate is wanted for asphalt to set and harden and roadway paint to stay to the pavement, leaving us a small window to get this work completed. We attempt to schedule work at nighttime time or off-peak occasions while doubtless and we have fun with your persistence throughout the occasions that’s now not possible. A little planning will cross a lengthy method in supporting all people attain our destinations competently and on time.
Locations of summer highway construction in Clark County

I-5 and I-205 Pavement Rehabilitation

Anyone who travels on I-5 or I-205 in Clark County is aware the thump-tha-thump-thump sound from the ruts and cracks within the pavement. Beginning in past due July, crews will update worn asphalt and urban panels on equally directions of I-205 among the Glenn Jackson Bridge and the I-5/I-205 split, and on southbound I-5 among SR 502 close to Battle Ground and the I-5/I-205 split. To cut back disruptions, most of the work could be accomplished at evening time with lane closures, as properly as a few overnight ramp closures on I-205.
I-5 in Clark County will see some lane closures this summer, though most will be overnight.

SR 500 between Saint John’s Boulevard and Fourth Plain Boulevard Paving and Expansion Joints
I-5 and I-205 Pavement Rehabilitation

Anyone who travels on I-5 or I-205 in Clark County is conscious the thump-tha-thump-thump sound from the ruts and cracks in the pavement. Beginning in previous due July, crews will replace worn asphalt and city panels on both directions of I-205 amongst the Glenn Jackson Bridge and the I-5/I-205 split, and on southbound I-5 amongst SR 502 near Battle Ground and the I-5/I-205 split. To cut again disruptions, most of the work may be completed at night time time with lane closures, as nicely as a couple of overnight ramp closures on I-205.

The ramps near SR 500 at Northeast Falk Road/42nd Avenue in Vancouver will be widened this summer.

SR 14 between Vancouver and Camas Paving
Folks heading into the Gorge might encounter a number of work zones as crews pave equally directions of SR 14 among Southeast 164th Avenue in Vancouver and Northwest 6th Avenue in Camas. Construction is anticipated to take somewhat extra than one month and the work and lane closures will happen usually at night. The on- and off-ramps at Southeast 192nd Avenue may even near for overnight paving.

SR 14 Washougal Roundabouts

Farther east, count on delays in Washougal as work is underway to construct roundabouts on SR 14 on the intersections of Washougal River Road/15th Street and 32nd Street. We’ll attempt to scale back journey delays as a lot as possible, but there may want to be a pair of closures and delays throughout construction. When complete, tourists will encounter fewer journey backups and delays by way of the area.
A roundabout is being built at SR 14 at 32nd Street in Washougal.

Work on all of those tasks is climate based and scheduled to wrap up earlier than the cease of the year.


While you’re traveling this summer, we desire you hold this mangled mess of steel that was as soon as one in every of our work vehicles in mind. It’s a robust reminder of the risks our crews face each day whilst operating alongside side roadways, and why we want everyone’s assist in work zones. A semi struck the three-quarter-ton pickup truck and it beaten like a soda can. Thankfully, the driver of the pickup had exited it much lower than a minute earlier than the crash and none of the group was injured.
This crushed work truck is a good reminder to be cautious, alert and slow down in work zones.

Work zone crashes aren’t simply risky for workers. Travelers also are at danger throughout crashes or different incidents. Last year, 94 percentage of Washington roadway work zone fatalities and accidents have been to drivers, their passengers or pedestrians. Many of those crashes are preventable, because the quantity one motive for crashes in work zones is distracted drivers, adopted by impairment and speeding.

Whenever you’re in a piece zone please gradual down to the posted pace and listen to signs, staff and different tourists round you. If you can, transfer over a lane to offer staff additional space. It’s also nice to permit additional time if traveling by way of a construction zone. If you do face delays, count to dwell calm – it’s now not value risking someone’s life.

Traveler tips

While we can’t promise a congestion-free trip, we offer plenty of news to assist you make advised options about getting round throughout construction. You can signal up for Clark County construction e mail indicators  and you'll be able to get 24/7 journey news via the WSDOT cellular app and Twitter account.

Be certain to examine with the City of Vancouver and Clark County for updates on different aspect highway projects. As you head out to get pleasure from our lengthy summer time days and funky nights, please look ahead to signs, flaggers and pilot automobiles to ebook you by way of construction zones, and power carefully! Getting by way of construction can take a bit of additional time than we are used to, but as soon because the work is complete, it is simple to get pleasure from the long run advantages of a delicate ride.


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