Truckroute update

Published on Thu, Sep 21, 2006
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Truck route update

Northbound and D Street traffic can expect serious disruption next month. Crews working on the truck route intend to close the designated truck lane on state route 543 Pacific Highway for the next twelve months. A month later, the D Street intersection will be closed to allow construction of an overpass and other improvements.
In other words, trucks and cars will need to share one northbound lane as they approach the border.

Starting Monday, October 2, crews will close the truck lane for one-third of a mile between H Street and D Street. This will allow crews to safely continue work next to the highway. During the closure crews will build a new overpass at D Street, build retaining walls, lower the highway, and relocate the truck lane.

“We’ve held off closing the truck lane for as long as possible,” said Washington State Department of Transport (WSDOT) project engineer Chris Damitio. “We’re at a point where we can no longer safely continue construction work next to the highway without closing the lane.”

Drivers should prepare for delays and consider alternate routes. WSDOT recommends passenger vehicles use the Peace Arch border crossing on I-5 when possible to avoid delays and congestion. Damitio said crews would try to avoid blocking the road with trucks while they are held up by border slowdowns. The separate car and truck traffic lights at H Street would be used to alternate between the two types of traffic and trucks would be held back if the still-open truck lane north of D Street becomes backed up.

What happens next summer when both the car lanes and the truck lanes get backed up is anyone’s guess, however.