Highway 14 will get a temporary signal

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Construction crews will switch on a temporary traffic signal on state Highway 14 next week, as the effort to widen the roadway near Camas and Washougal rolls on.

Workers are installing the signal at Sixth Street in Washougal to provide safer, easier access when crews shift traffic and close intersections, according to the Washington Department of Transportation. The signal will be activated Wednesday.

The work is part of a $50 million project to expand Highway 14 to four lanes from the end of the West Camas Slough Bridge to Union Street, near the boundary between Camas and Washougal. Crews will also raise the highway more than 25 feet, and build two new interchanges at the east end of the project.

That work will temporarily force traffic onto a frontage road south of Highway 14, according to WSDOT.

The entire project is scheduled for completion in late 2012 or early 2013.