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Shorter backups, better merging ahead on SR 500 to southbound I-205 in Vancouver

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - 15:52

Celeste Dimichina, communications, 360-905-2057

VANCOUVER – Relief is on the way for morning commuters who travel on State Route 500 and are greeted with brake lights and backups before reaching the off-ramp to southbound Interstate 205.

Beginning Thursday, Aug. 10, the Washington State Department of Transportation and contractor crews will begin work to restripe portions of southbound I-205 to improve merging and safety at the SR 500 interchange.

"With drivers mostly using two of three lanes on southbound I-205 in this area, we see an opportunity to change the existing configuration to improve traffic," said WSDOT Traffic Operations Engineer, Scott Langer. "By restriping the exit for southbound I-205 approaching the interchange, drivers from SR 500 will have their own lane for a much easier merge onto the interstate."

Several nighttime lane and ramp are needed to install new signs and restripe the roadway. This work is weather dependent.

Closure details

Thursday, Aug. 10 to the morning of Friday, Aug. 11

  • Southbound I-205 will reduce to a single lane between Padden Parkway and SR 500 from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • The southbound I-205 off-ramp to SR 500 will close from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • The SR 500 on-ramps to southbound I-205 will close from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • The Fourth Plain Boulevard on-ramp to southbound I-205 will close from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 15 to the morning of Wednesday, Aug. 16

  • Southbound I-205 will reduce to a single lane between Padden Parkway and SR 500 from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • The southbound I-205 off-ramp to SR 500 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • The SR 500 on-ramps to southbound I-205 will close from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • The Fourth Plain Boulevard on-ramp to southbound I-205 will close from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Southbound I-205 will reduce to a single lane between Padden Parkway and SR 500 from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 16 to the morning of Thursday, Aug. 17

  • The southbound I-205 off-ramp to SR 500 will close from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

During the closure, drivers should watch for advance signs directing them to the next available on-and off-ramp, and expect delays through the work zone.

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