The Civic Circle in downtown Longview is now closed to most traffic, and will remain closed through September 18th, as the conversion of the Circle into a true roundabout gets under way. The City of Longview is also having raised crosswalks installed, along with flashing signs to help improve pedestrian safety in the Civic Circle. Just a reminder, there will only be limited access to the post office parking lot from Washington Way at Hudson, and businesses on 16th Avenue will only have front-door access through September 9th. Starting on September 10th, that will also be closed off, and vehicle access will be from the alley only. The Longview Library is accessible from Maple Street, and the Monticello Hotel is accessible from 18th Avenue. Details on the project are available on the City of Longview website.
While work continues on the 15th and Tennant Way intersection project, work starts today on the intersections on 14th Avenue at Tennant Way and California Way. Starting this morning, the traffic signals on 14th at Tennant Way and California Way will be out of service through this coming Friday. In addition, 14th Avenue will also be closed at Tennant Way. Detours will be posted, and you’re advised to use alternate routes to avoid delays. Mill Plain Electric is installing a new traffic signal controller, along with re-wiring the traffic signal itself.
Repair work on a sanitary sewer manhole in the 3900 block of Ocean Beach Highway that had been delayed from last week is now planned for this morning. It’s planned that the city will have one eastbound lane of Ocean Beach Highway will be shut down from 9 am until noon today. Use alternate routes to avoid possible delays.
Up in Castle Rock, work continues on the Cowlitz Street West Revitalization Project. Over the next couple of days, work will be wrapped up on grading and installation of sidewalks in the project area. They’re also installing expansion joint material in the completed street section of phase 1. The Front Avenue intersection at Cowlitz Street West continues to be closed, with the traffic alterations still in place.
Paving on I-5 in the Woodland area has some ramp closures planned over the next few nights. The Washington Department of Transportation says that the southbound off-ramp and northbound on-ramp at exit 22 will be closed from 9 pm tonight until 5 am tomorrow. Tomorrow night, the northbound off-ramp and the southbound on-ramp will be closed during the same hours. Wednesday night, the southbound off-ramp and the northbound on-ramp will be closed again, and on Thursday, the southbound off-ramp and northbound on-ramp at exit 21 will be closed. This is all part of the paving project that’s going from the East Fork of the Lewis River to Todd Road.