I-5 ramps prompt query

Majority of readers want to know about links to Hwy. 500

By John Hill, Columbian Metro Team Editor



Anyone who’s encountered the interchange between Interstate 5 and state Highway 500 knows that there are some gotchas, and readers want an explanation.

In a recent Clark Asks voting round, nearly 60 percent chose this question out of three submitted by readers: “Why is there no direct on- and offramp to I-5 from state route 500?”

While there is an offramp from northbound I-5 and onramp from westbound Highway 500 to southbound I-5, there are no ramps from southbound I-5 to Highway 500 or from eastbound state Highway 500 to northbound I-5.

A reporter will soon dig into this topic, so keep your eyes peeled for the answers.

The other two questions in the voting round included:

• Central Park used to be a part of the Vancouver Barracks. Why was that land given away? (15 percent of the votes.)

• On some of the curbs in the downtown Vancouver area, there are metal rings attached to the cement curb. What are they? (25 percent of the vote.)

Clark Asks is a feature started earlier this year by the newsroom to increase reader involvement in the reporting process. If you have questions about the local area that you’d like to submit, go to columbian.com/clarkasks. You can also read some of the stories we’ve already written that readers asked us to investigate.