Traffic jam on Tenney Road

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Cars backed up onto Tenney Road early Friday afternoon near the Fred Meyer parking lot as a result of road construction on the Salmon Creek Interchange Project.

The Columbian reported last Saturday that planners hope temporary traffic changes will shorten part of the construction on the $133 million Salmon Creek Interchange Project, near the junction of Interstate 5 and Interstate 205.

Some delays and backups are bound to happen at times during the work, said Jeff Mize, Clark County public works spokesman. Planners made the traffic changes aiming to finish the work by Nov. 1 -- instead of early 2012 -- with the support of local businesses, he said.

Starting Wednesday, crews closed a section of Northeast 139th Street, from the north entrance to the Fred Meyer store and surrounding retail center to Northeast Tenney Road. Northeast 139th will remain open to two-way traffic from the closed area to Northeast 10th Avenue. A section of Tenney was also reduced to one lane westbound.

Northeast 10th Avenue reopened to two-way traffic between Northeast Tenney Road and Northeast 139th Street. Since mid-May, this section had been part of a one-way traffic pattern.

The Tenney Road construction is only one portion of the road work near the busy freeway interchange. The entire Salmon Creek project is scheduled to be finished by 2014.

For the full list of changes, see this Saturday story.