Open house April 12 to discuss I-205 interchange project at 18th St.

Interstate 205 between Mill Plain Blvd. and N.E. 18th St. averages 109,000 daily drivers and sees heavy congestion and a growing rate of collisions during commute hours. The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) plans to build a half-diamond interchange at N.E. 18th St. to give drivers another option for accessing this busy and growing area. As it finalizes a design for the project, WSDOT invites the public to an open house and formal access hearing on Thursday, April 12, at WSDOT Southwest Region headquarters, 11018 N.E. 51st Cir. The open house will be held from 4 to 6 p.m., and the hearing will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Commuters and neighbors can stop by the open house any time to talk to WSDOT project staff and view displays of the project. After the open house, WSDOT will present proposed access plans and document testimony from property owners. While testimony during the hearing must be related to property access issues, attendees will have an opportunity to discuss other issues and ask questions before and after the hearing.

For those unable to attend the meeting, public testimony can be mailed or e-mailed to:

Leon Winger
WSDOT Vancouver Area Engineering Office
P.O. Box 1709
Vancouver, WA 98668-1709

The I-205, Mill Plain Interchange to N.E. 18th St. Project is the second project in a series to improve 1.2 miles of the I-205 corridor in Vancouver. When the project is complete, it will help traffic flow more smoothly and safely with a new I-205 northbound off-ramp and southbound on-ramp at N.E. 18th St. The first project, the I-205—Mill Plain Exit—112th Connector Project, was completed in 2010.