$57 million interchange project in Vancouver

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VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) -- The Washington Transportation Department plans a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday in Vancouver to start work on a $57 million project to improve the safety of a dangerous intersection.

The traffic signals at St. Johns Boulevard and Highway 500 are being replaced with a freeway-style interchange. The St. Johns roadway will be raised by 25 feet to create an overpass, and ramps will be added to connect with the highway.

Construction should be completed in 2013.

The Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce reports the Tapani Underground company of Battle Ground is building the bridge part of the project. The contractor was one of nine bidders for the job and won with a $27 million bid that was 18 percent below the Transportation Department's estimate.

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Information from: Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce, http://www.djc.com/