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Monday, December 4, 2023
Dec. 4, 2023

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Redesign of Woodland Interstate 5 exit will start in September

Interchange at south end of town is heavily congested at rush hour


WOODLAND — The city’s long-term transportation plan aims to improve traffic flow as Woodland and areas nearby in Clark and Cowlitz counties continue to grow.

The city estimates improvements to Interstate 5’s Exit 21 could enter the design phase in September. The interchange at the south end of town handles traffic entering and exiting I-5 at Highway 503 and is heavily congested, especially during the weekday rush hour.

Cities and counties are required to develop and adopt a six-year plan to be updated yearly.

Woodland Public Works Director Tracy Coleman said projects on the Transportation Improvement Plan, or TIP, are prioritized based on grant funding.

“The purpose of the TIP is to identify projects in and around the community that are potential options for grant funding, necessary for development or improve traffic flow,” Coleman said.

Upcoming projects

According to Coleman, Woodland has three funded projects that are estimated to be completed between 2024 and 2029.

There are two upcoming projects for West Scott Avenue scheduled to start next month. Both are full-depth reclamation projects, a process in which the old street gets recycled to create new pavement. The projects run from Pacific Avenue to the railroad tracks and from the tracks to Schurman Way.

Two residential road projects by developers are expected to be completed in 2025. They will serve new housing developments.

A $1 million project focused on Lakeshore Drive wrapped up in March. The contractor built 10 bike and pedestrian paths, laid new asphalt and built new infrastructure for stormwater runoff.

Another finished project is the removing and laying of new asphalt at the intersection of Davidson Avenue and Goerig Street, including a railroad crossing.

Improvements on West Scott Avenue — which included new asphalt, sidewalks and a railroad crossing — are complete. In addition, the Port of Woodland has completed the first phase of a newly constructed road called Rose Way.

Coleman said the public’s reaction to the projects “has been positive,” especially “the utilization of spending.”

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