After smashing several record rainfall totals since late last year, many of us are chomping at the bit to get out and enjoy the sun in our spectacular state. Once you get rolling, hitting the brakes can put a hitch in your giddy up unless you plan ahead.
It’s no coincidence that construction season and warmer weather go hand in hand in the Pacific Northwest.
Higher temperatures warm the roadway surface, which makes new pavement stronger and more durable. Resurfacing a highway in cool, wet conditions jeopardizes the quality of the final product. Waiting until we have long stretches of warm, dry weather means we get the best bang for our buck and ensures pavement repairs will last for years to come.
Last fall, resurfacing projects on State Routes 4, 411 and 432 in Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties were put on hold due to cool, wet weather conditions, but with better weather in the forecast, construction resumes next week.
Know before you go!
While these projects will go a long way to preserve our transportation infrastructure, traffic delays are expected while crews are on the road. To minimize the impact of construction delays, a good portion of the work and lane reductions will take place overnight.
With almost 20 miles of resurfacing work to be done, it’s a good idea to plan ahead. Sign up to receive email traffic alerts or check current traffic conditions via our mobile app.
More than seven miles of SR 432 from SR 4 to 3rd Avenue in Kelso will get a fresh layer of pavement. Crews will also replace more than 60 broken and unstable concrete panels under the surface of the roadway to prevent additional deterioration.
|A stretch of SR 432 in Kelso will get new pavement and concrete panels this summer.|
Crews will resurface more than three miles of pavement on SR 411 between Longview and Castle Rock, along with intersection, crosswalk and striping enhancements along the corridor.
|About three miles of pavement on SR 411 between Longview and Castle Rock will see pavement and lane marking enhancements during a summer project.|
Almost nine miles of pavement on SR 4, between Kandoll Road and Ingalls Road through Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties will get a new protective surface.
|About nine miles of pavement on SR 4 through Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties will get a new protective surface this summer.|
The end result
By the time fall comes around, we’ll all be restocked with our fair share of vitamin D and these resurfacing projects will provide a smoother ride as we roll into another wet winter.