WSDOT Launches Study to Improve Safety on SR 500 in Vancouver
VANCOUVER – Traffic backups and delays are no surprise to people who use State Route 500 between Interstate 5 and I-205 in Vancouver.
To improve safety and travel times on SR 500, the Washington State Department of Transportation is gathering public input as part of a study that will develop improvements to benefit all users of the highway.
There are a high rate of collisions near the traffic signals at Northeast Falk Road/42nd Avenue and Northeast Stapleton Road/54th Avenue, especially during busy travel times.
“With more traffic on SR 500 than ever before, we’re seeing more crashes,” said Carley Francis, WSDOT Regional Planning Director. “We need input from people who use the road to help us make the right investment at the right place.”
Members of the community are encouraged to participate in the online survey. The results of this study may change how travelers access SR 500 and locations along the highway.
The online survey is open until 5 p.m. Friday, March 16. The results will help WSDOT understand corridor use. Additional public input opportunities on the safety study will be available this spring.
When complete this summer, the concepts generated through the study will be rated based on safety and cost, allowing for phased implementation as funding becomes available.
Hyperlinks within the release:
SR 500 backups: www.flickr.com/photos/wsdot/albums/72157693395352255
SR 500 safety study: www.wsdot.wa.gov/planning/studies/sr-500-42nd-ave-54th-ave/home
Online survey: www.surveymonkey.com/r/SR50042Ave54Ave
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