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Ramp Work

Posted on 29th June 2011 at 08:09

If you’re a user of the Longview Wye, you’ll need to get ready for a major traffic shift, as the new on-ramp from Tennant Way to I-5 southbound is brought on-line. The Washington Department of Transportation says that they’ll need to close an existing ramp and then shift some 14 hundred cars per day onto a temporary detour route. Starting next Tuesday, they’ll close the existing ramp from Talley Way to Tennant Way eastbound, also starting the removal process. Drivers that are heading to Carrolls and traffic that’s heading from Talley Way to I-5 northbound can either use alternate interchanges, or they can follow a signed detour to westbound Tennant Way. WashDOT says that the detour adds about three minutes to the trip, at a distance of one-point-six miles. The detour will take drivers onto westbound Tennant Way to Dike Road; they’ll exit there, will loop under the highway, then will re-enter onto eastbound Tennant Way. This detour is expected to be in place for about six weeks. During this time, they’ll pave the new ramp to southbound I-5, and will also complete paving another new ramp from Talley Way to eastbound Tennant Way. The plan is to open the new ramps and shift traffic onto those in mid-August. Project Engineer Denys Tak says that this new ramp to I-5 southbound is one of the most important elements of the Longview Wye reconstruction project, and they’re looking forward to getting it open. You can track the project on the WashDOT website.