Does this sound familiar? You're driving down Interstate 205 in Vancouver and traffic near the Mill Plain off-ramp is backed up onto the freeway. Or how about this? You're merging onto I-205 to head north from Mill Plain Boulevard… and because of the backup you don't know if you should speed up or slam on your brakes to enter the freeway.
These are things we know are a problem, but these will soon be a distant memory. Why? Because after 329 days of construction, a new interchange connecting I-205 to Northeast 18th Street will open this week and help make things better.
The I-205 and Mill Plain Boulevard interchange is the busiest in Clark County, with more than 100,000 vehicles using this stretch of interstate daily. If you drive through this area, you'll notice there isn't an on- or off-ramp for three miles between Mill Plain Boulevard and State Route 500. When the new Northeast 18th Street ramps open this Wednesday, that distance will be cut in half.
What's it look like?
New I-205 northbound off-ramp to Northeast 18th Street
New I-205 southbound on-ramp from Northeast 18th Street via a roundabout
New southbound I-205 off-ramp to Southeast Mill Plain Boulevard
New northbound I-205 on-ramp from Southeast Mill Plain Boulevard