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Closures and delays begin at SR 500 and St. Johns Blvd. in Vancouver

Published on 11/18/2011 10:10:44 AM

VANCOUVER - Things will look and drive differently for the next year at the intersection of SR 500 and St. Johns Boulevard. Contractor crews working with the Washington State Department of Transportation have closed two lanes, restricted left turns and reduced the speed limit as they work to remodel and improve safety at the busy intersection.

This work is part of the SR 500, St. Johns Blvd Interchange project, which replaces the current traffic signal with a freeway-style interchange that will carry St. Johns Boulevard traffic up and over SR 500. The improvements will help keep traffic flowing and reduce collisions and delays for the 60,000 daily drivers.

While the current construction is not part of the Columbia River Crossing project’s planned improvements to the I-5 corridor, traffic routing for the St. Johns Blvd Interchange work will go through the CRC project area. The project area begins at the SR 500 interchange on I-5 and extends south to Victory Boulevard in North Portland.”

CRC project plans include making improvements to provide safer merging from SR 500 to I-5 south. Improvements also will be made in a future phase to create a direct connection from SR 500 to I-5 northbound and I-5 southbound to SR 500.

Drivers can find more information about the closures and traffic changes on the Washington State Department of Transportation website.