Bridge work to close Highway 500, St. Johns for two nights

By Eric Florip, Columbian transportation & environment reporter

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Construction work will completely close the intersection of state Highway 500 and St. Johns Boulevard during the next two nights. Drivers will be re-routed while crews set girders on a new bridge over the highway, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.

St. Johns and Highway 500 will be closed at 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. St. Johns and the westbound lanes of the highway will open by 5:30 a.m. the following mornings, according to WSDOT. The eastbound side of the highway will open by 7 a.m. each day.

The closure will affect Highway 500 between Interstate 5 and Falk Road. St. Johns will be closed from East 33rd Street to Northeast Petticoat Lane. Drivers should follow signed detour routes to get around the closures. Crews will keep some local access open to homes and businesses, according to WSDOT.

The work is part of a project that will convert the intersection into a freeway-style interchange, with St. Johns passing up and over the highway on a new bridge. The $48 million job is slated for completion in 2013.