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502/503 Congestion Relief Project
Project Targets Gridlock on Main Street

A little background...
Eighteen years ago in 1999, when the city’s population was only 9,000, a new signalized intersection was installed at 12th Ave & Main St leading into the then-new Fred Meyer shopping center. At that time, officials from the city, WSDOT, and Fred Meyer recognized and agreed that the signal, with its close proximity to the SR 502/503 intersection, would one day create congestion, need to be removed, and an alternate access to the shopping center be constructed. That day has arrived.

Targeting Gridlock
Currently, 50,000 vehicles pass through the 502/503 intersection each day and the city’s population is closing in on the 20,000 mark. If you travel through that intersection, you have likely experienced the congestion and gridlock first-hand. 

The city received $7.7 million in funding from the WA State legislature’s Connecting Washington Program for the entire 3-phase, six-year plus project. The three phases of the project are designed collectively, to keep traffic flowing and to provide a safer transportation system for all modes of travel.

Phase 1 - Summer/Fall 2017
Phase 1 includes three components related to the signalized intersection leading to the Fred Meyer shopping area:
(A)  The extension of NW 5th Way, just north of Fred Meyer, to SR 503. This provides the additional access point to and from the shopping area with right-in and right-out access. 

(B)  Removal of the existing traffic signal at 12th Ave and Main St and the installation of a center median at that location which will restrict access to right-in and right-out traffic only.

(C)  Extension of the left turn lane on NW 15th Ave between NW 1st Ave and Main St. This turn lane extension will add capacity for vehicles turning east onto Main St.
 Phase 1 Congestion Relief Project

Component B, removal of the 12th Ave signal will only occur after Component A, construction of the new access point along SR503 is complete and open for use. We estimate the construction of NW 5th Way will be complete and open by September/ October of this year; the removal of the 12th Ave signal will follow the road opening.

Phase 2 - Projected for 2018/19
Phase 2 includes 3 components:

(1) the addition of right-hand turn lanes at SR 502/503 so that each leg of the intersection will have a dedicated right-hand turn lane;

(2) an extended left-hand turn lane from Main St to W. 8th Ave (the Safeway shopping area); and

(3) the extension of SW 1st Way eastward to SW 12th Ave to allow for better connectivity.

Phase 3 - Projected for 2020/21
Phase 3 will add a roadway connecting SR 503 with N. Parkway just north of Battle Ground High School. The new connector will provide an alternative route for school and other traffic, relieving further congestion on Main Street.

Two smaller projects near Fred Meyer will add a dedicated right-hand turn lane for southbound to westbound traffic at the intersection of NW 12th Avenue and NW 1st Street, and the addition of a second left-hand turn pocket for southbound to eastbound traffic at the intersection of NW 15th Avenue and West Main Street.

For more information about the 502/503 Congestion Relief Project, contact Public Works Director Scott Sawyer at or at 360-342-5075.