Weather delays local freeway work



Wet weather has delayed work on two major road projects in Clark County, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.

A planned closure and relocation of northbound Interstate 205 in Salmon Creek has been pushed back to Friday night, according to WSDOT.

Crews now plan to close the freeway at Northeast 134th Street from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday, according to WSDOT. During the closure, workers will shift the northbound side of I-205 40 feet to the east. The realignment will make room for a new overpass and interchange at Northeast 139th Street as part of the $133 million Salmon Creek Interchange Project.

The work was originally scheduled to start late Tuesday. The closure won’t affect southbound traffic.

WSDOT is planning three more overnight closures of I-205 to install bridge girders over the northbound lanes. That work is scheduled to happen in February, according to the agency.

This week’s rain also pushed back several ramp closures along northbound Interstate 5 starting at Northeast 179th Street.

Planned closures of the freeway onramp at 179th Street (Exit 9), plus the onramps and offramps at state Highway 501 (Exit 14) and La Center Road (Exit 16), will happen the nights of Feb. 3 and Feb. 4. The ramps will be closed intermittently from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night for paving work, according to WSDOT.