Union Street to close for roadwork project

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Motorists who normally use Southeast Union Street south of state Highway 14 in Camas must use an alternate route starting Tuesday, state transportation officials said.

The street will be closed so crews participating in the Highway 14 widening and interchange project can begin building roundabouts at that intersection, as well as on South Second Street, Washington State Department of Transportation officials said. A new frontage road is being built to connect the roundabouts on the highway’s south side.

Motorists are advised to use South Second Street and the frontage road to arrive at destinations. The frontage road and roundabouts are scheduled to be competed in late September. The section of Southeast Union Street will be closed until next summer. Crews will raise Highway 14 by between 14 and 20 feet and reconnect the two sides underneath the highway.

The Washington State Department of Transportation’s $50 million Highway 14 Camas-Washougal Widening and Interchange Project will widen the highway’s lanes from two to four and build half-interchanges at Union Street in Camas and Second Street in Washougal. The changes are aimed at making the highway safer for some 24,000 motorists that drive that stretch and more attractive to businesses because of improved traffic flow, state and local officials said.