Drivers eastbound on state Highway 14 in Washougal will see a new electronic sign telling them not to stop in the roundabout at 32nd Street.
The sign, which provides a simple “Do not block circle” message, automatically turns on when a train is blocking 32nd Street north of the roundabout and vehicles are stacking up on 32nd Street.
When the sign is on, drivers eastbound on Highway 14 wanting to turn north onto 32nd Street should wait in the left lane before the roundabout. The lane was designed to hold traffic so it will not block other vehicles from using the roundabout.
Once the train has passed through the crossing and any traffic backup on 32nd Street has cleared, drivers can proceed through the roundabout.
All other drivers should continue through the roundabout without stopping.
The Washington State Department of Transportation has developed an online video animation, www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WnjwHeiIeI, showing drivers what to do.