SR 14 - Access Improvements

Project news

Why is WSDOT improving access to SR 14 through Washougal?
Currently, access to and from the SR 14 corridor through Washougal is limited, affecting safety and economic development. Project improvements will enhance the roadway system to provide better access to SR 14 within the corridor, balancing the needs of all users.
Construction details 

Travelers who use the intersection that joins the scenic State Route 14 highway with 32nd Street in Washougal will soon shift to a temporary roundabout, as construction continues to build two new roundabouts on the highway. On Sunday evening, July 7, the Washington State Department of Transportation’s contractor, Thompson Bros. Excavating, Inc., will begin work to build a temporary roundabout, which will help keep traffic moving through the area, during construction of a larger, permanent roundabout.

What to expect:

  • Beginning at 10 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14 until 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 26: All access to Washougal using Washougal River Road/15th Street from SR 14 will be closed. Travelers should use an alternate route, during the 12-day closure of Washougal River Road/15th Street between SR 14 and A Street. Travel on SR 14 will not be restricted, other than access to Steamboat Landing Park from 15th Street, just south of SR 14, which will remain open to right in/right out turns only, for travels on eastbound SR 14.
  • Businesses north of SR 14 will remain open and can be accessed through A Street north of SR 14.

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Public involvement 

In fall 2016, community members provided input about the project at an open house, and via an online survey. The information gathered helped to determine project priorities and develop design options.

On Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, hundreds of community members attended a second open house at the Port of Camas-Washougal to learn more about the proposed project design options and provide input.

Additionally, WSDOT hosted numerous meetings with stakeholders to help inform the design of this project.

Existing issues

  • Safety: A history of collisions at the intersections of SR 14 at 15th Street and 32nd Street 
  • Access/connectivity: The current configuration of the SR 14 and 32nd Street intersection limits freight and local traffic access to and from Washougal via SR 14. 
  • Economic development: Freight travel in and out of the Port of Camas-Washougal is limited due to the current highway configuration.

Why roundabouts?
Roundabouts at these locations offer the greatest safety benefit by reducing the potential for severe collisions, while improving connectivity and economic development opportunities along the corridor. Construction of a roundabout at 32nd Street will restore use of the intersection from all directions.

Roundabout Benefits
Studies have shown that roundabouts are safer than traditional stop sign or signal-controlled intersections. The Federal Highway Administration determined that roundabouts can increase traffic capacity by 30 percent to 50 percent compared to traditional intersections. Want to learn more? Roundabout videos are available on YouTube.

The End Result
Improving access to the corridor will help to ensure the safety of the traveling public through this stretch of highway and will promote economic vitality in the region.

Project Benefits

  • Safety: Enhance safety and reduce collisions 
  • Mobility: Provide better freight and local traffic access in and out of Washougal via SR 14 
  • Economic development: Improved access allows for economic development in the City of Washougal

What is the project timeline?

Summer 2016:

  • Develop design alternatives
  • Determine project priorities

Fall 2016 - Spring 2017:

  • Host open houses to present alternatives to the public
  • Refine & screen alternatives
  • Gather environmental data

Summer 2017 - Spring 2019:

  • Obtain environmental permits
  • Right of way negotiations and acquisitions
  • Develop final plans, specifications and estimates
  • On Tuesday, April 9, this project was awarded to Thompson Bros. Excavating, Inc.
  • Construction begin Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Fall 2019

  • Construction scheduled for completion 

Funding

Financial Data for PIN 401418I
Funding Source Amount ($ in thousands)
2003 Gas Tax (Nickel Funding) $0
2005 Gas Tax (TPA) $0
Pre-Existing Funds (PEF) $0
CWA $7,500
Total $7,500

Contact

Susan Fell
WSDOT Clark County Engineering Office
360-905-1500

Tamara Greenwell
WSDOT Communications
360-905-2056