Friday, May 12, 2017

Don’t let construction delays in Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties steal your sunshine

by Tamara Greenwell

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.

Here’s why
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.

Project details
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.


Cheryl Emery said...

Are you just going to put another bandaid on 411 just outside Lexington going towards Castle Rock or are you finally going to fix this for good, all the money spent on bandaids, you could have fixed it by now.

Ian Reed said...

I drive that spot every day. They "fix it" and a week later it slumps again. A while back, I hadn't drove over it for a while and not realizing it had gotten so bad, went over it somewhat normally (assuming it was still fine) and damn near ripped my oil pan off. It's ridiculous.

Tamara Greenwell said...

The rough road conditions on SR 411, north of Lexington are caused by an unstable slope adjacent to the highway. While we would like to repair the slope, funds for doing so are not currently available. The cost of a stabilization project at this location would likely cost millions, much more than what has been spent to-date by temporarily patching the area. We work to stretch available funding to maximize the useful life of the roadway, without sacrificing public safety. Hopefully this information adds some clarity about the work and addresses your concerns.

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