Highway 14 traffic shift planned for next week

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Drivers on state Highway 14 will start using a newly improved, raised roadway next week, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. Following a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday, traffic will shift to the new highway Wednesday morning, according to WSDOT.

Since March, all Highway 14 traffic through Camas and Washougal has been diverted to a frontage road -- and two roundabouts -- to the south. Next week's shift will put cars back on the mainline highway, now raised 25 feet for a split-diamond interchange at Union and Second streets.

The work is part of a $50 million expansion that will widen the highway to four lanes between the West Camas Slough Bridge and Sixth Street in Washougal. Crews have also made other safety improvements to the corridor, including median barriers.

Tuesday's ribbon-cutting ceremony begins at 1 p.m., on the new bridge over Second Street. When traffic returns Wednesday, only two lanes will be open at first, according to WSDOT.

The entire project is slated for completion next year.