HWY 14

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  • The Port of Camas/Washougal, the cities of Camas and Washougal, and Clark County have all played significant roles in obtaining funding for this project, and will continue to provide oversight throughout its development.
  • This project will widen SR 14 from two to four lanes between the NW 6th Avenue interchange and the SR 500 (Union Street) intersection, and construct a new interchange in the SR 500 (Union Street) vicinity.
  • Estimated budget is $57 Million
  • Anticipated construction start date: 2010

Project Benefits

  • Safety:This project will provide safer access to SR 14, eliminate crossover accidents and reduce rear end accidents by consolidating access points on SR 14, and by building an interchange in the vicinity of SR 14/SR 500 (Union Street).
  • Congestion relief:The added capacity created as a result of this project will reduce delays to the traveling public.
  • Economic:This project will accommodate future residential, commercial and industrial growth in the corridor area.

SR 14 – Camas-Washougal Widening & Interchange

Quarterly Project Report Update for Quarter Ending June 2007
Project Title & Location
SR 14/Camas Washougal – Add Lanes and Build Interchange
Project Description
Widen SR 14 to 4 lanes from 6th Ave. to SR 500/Union Road to relieve congestion. Included in the project will be new bridges over the East and West Camas Sloughs and an interchange will be constructed at SR 500/Union Road. This project will reduce collisions by removing the Union Street and 2nd St. intersections, and placing median barrier on SR 14, and discontinuing left turns at 6th St.
Environmental Impacts / Compliance
Major work activities associated with environmental documentation are anticipated to be complete by late 2007.
Impacts to Traffic
The design team is currently assessing these impacts. The team will minimize impacts as much as possible.
Project Milestones Scheduled Attained Milestone Outlook
Preliminary Engineering July 2005 December 2005  
Environmental Documentation Complete April 2008    
Right of Way Certification April 2009    
Advertisement January 2010    
Operationally Complete November 2012    
Project Cost Summary: Dollars in
millions
Percent
of Total
Planned vs. Actual Expenditures
(Total Project Cost)
Project Expenditure Chart
Preliminary Engineering $5.3 9%
Right-of-Way $6.4 11%
Construction $45.4 80%
Funded Project Costs $57.0 100%
Nickel funds included in above costs    
2005 Transportation Partnership Account $57.0 100%

  For more information, go to www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects

Kevin Miller, WSDOT Area Engineer, (360) 905-1565 or e-mail: swClark@wsdot.wa.gov

24 Responses to HWY 14

  1. Jeff Guard says:

    My opinion only … the plan continues to be diluted. Mayor, Council and Staff were beyond happy with it. Still ends at 2nd Street. No 6th Street access either way. Split diamond starting at Union and ending at 2nd. All as stated above … I did not get any answers at all to my questions regarding surface improvements to C Street and SE 8th Avenue, due to increased traffic flows. Consensus was to move forward. I don’t like it because it has been so diluted, but after 20 years of lobbying that has seen the price tag increase 10X, I say get it started and then turn the heat up to finish the project through Washougal.

  2. Wake Up Washougal says:

    Anyone attend the meeting at Washougal City Hall last night? What happened? Good or Bad?

  3. Gershon says:

    No suprises here…..

    “Bridge rebuild removed from Highway 14 project

    Tuesday, October 21 | 8:21 p.m.

    By BY HOWARD BUCK
    COLUMBIAN STAFF WRITER

    CAMAS — In light of a budget crunch and still-soaring construction costs, highway planners have redrawn major elements of the proposed 4-mile widening of state Highway 14 through Camas.

    A newly estimated $26 million to rebuild the long West Slough bridge at the project’s western end would blow its roughly $57 million total budget.

    So, engineers simply plan to improve the two-lane West Slough bridge — which could remain in place for as many as 20 more years — using the savings to beef up new freeway interchanges at Union and Second streets.

    The changes reflect a mass trimming, or “value engineering,” of costly projects conducted statewide by the Washington State Department of Transportation.

    “The only way to get back in budget was to cut a big component off the (slough) bridge,” Bart Gernhart, WSDOT regional engineer, told a somber Camas City Council on Monday.

    The good news?

    Engineers have used extensive modeling and believe an improved two-lane bridge shouldn’t slow traffic before the year 2030, Gernhart said. Merging to two lanes has not and will not be an issue, he said.

    A solid center barrier the length of the project will prevent head-on wrecks, while eliminating stoplights and left-turns at Union and Second streets should keep motorists zipping near 55 mph, he said.

    “Our project is to address safety first on 14, then capacity,” Gernhart said. The revamped design also should meet needs of residential and commercial traffic in the Camas riverfront corridor, he told city officials.

    New interchanges

    In the new scheme, crews would push the West Slough bridge road deck out a few critical feet to allow a new center barrier and bike lanes that don’t stress load-bearing capacity.

    Highway 14 would still widen to four lanes, crossing Lady Island and a new East Slough twin span. It then would elevate more than 20 feet above new undercrossings built at Union and Second streets. Each undercrossing would include a walkway and bike lane to improve local access.

    Under a new “split diamond” interchange design, eastbound motorists could exit only at Union Street, westbound drivers only at Second Street. Freeway on-ramps would reach Highway 14 at Second Street eastbound, and Union Street westbound.

    A new southside frontage road would link the two interchanges, and extend east to Sixth Street. The current Eighth Avenue-C Street would serve as the north frontage road. New traffic roundabouts would be constructed where highway ramps meet the surface streets.

    The revised design also would eliminate any Highway 14 access or crossing at Sixth Street, the project’s east terminus.

    Bridge ‘eats money’

    It’s the second time in 10 months WSDOT has overhauled the project. Budget constraints have scaled back other state projects in Clark County, including new ramps where Northeast 18th Street crosses Interstate 205 and the state Highway 500 junction with I-5, Gernhart noted.

    He explained that global demand for steel, concrete and asphalt materials has kept prices high, despite the U.S. economy’s recent slump.

    Engineers face stiff obstacles to expand the roughly 900-foot West Slough Bridge, he explained. The original 1960s piers and cross-beams, intended eventually to carry four lanes, don’t meet modern seismic standards and would now require a major rebuild.

    Raising a new, parallel span would run into an unstable rock slope on the west approach, and wetlands issues to the east. Tight environmental rules would balloon the cost of footing and pier construction in the slough itself.

    “That bridge is just darned expensive. It eats the money,” Gernhart told Camas officials. It’s better to complete the other widening now and continue to seek state money later to widen the West Slough bridge, he said.

    “It’s going to be a long time before that bridge is needed” to ease congestion, he said.

    Roundabouts in plan

    Gernhart will brief Washougal city and Camas-Washougal port leaders next Monday.

    He said WSDOT remains open to suggestions, but needs to push forward quickly to keep the project on schedule.

    If all goes well, construction would begin by early 2011 and end by late 2013.

    The changes don’t affect Washougal’s current plan to construct Highway 14 roundabouts at the 15th and 32nd street crossings to eliminate current backups, Gernhart said.

    Those roundabouts remain an “interim” traffic flow solution until a full, four-lane freeway extends to 32nd Street — “probably not during my career,” he said.

    Howard Buck: 360-735-4515 or howard.buck@columbian.com.”

  4. Jeff Guard says:

    You are correct. This was proposed as part of the “road diet” proposal for E Street. They were looking for one at 17th and one at somewhere between 25th and 29th to accomodate a new overhead at 27th Street. Not sure where it all stands now that the best traffic engineer in Clark County left Washougal to go to work in Battle Ground.

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