Expansion of state Highway 14 complete

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Construction crews finished a two-year, $49 million project this week that expanded state Highway 14 in Camas and Washougal.

The project, which broke ground June 1, 2011, expanded a 4-mile stretch of the highway to four lanes, eliminated two traffic signals and built new roundabouts and interchanges near the Camas-Washougal border. Crews didn't convert the West Camas Slough Bridge to four lanes, but did install a median barrier on the notoriously dangerous span.

Workers under lead contractor Tapani Underground completed final touches and pulled off the highway late Monday, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.

WSDOT planners say the end result will improve safety and mobility along a stretch of highway that carries a daily traffic load of about 22,000 vehicles.