VANCOUVER -- Motorists may experience traffic delays along northbound Interstate 205 near State Road 500 starting Wednesday, due to a lane project.

This Wednesday, work crews for the Washington State Department of Transportation will reconfigure traffic lanes along northbound I-205 between SR 500 and the Fourth Plain overpass and at exits 30 A, B and C. The overnight work should ease congestion and prevent dangerous traffic merging and weaving.

Work begins Wednesday at 9 p.m. and should be completed by Thursday morning.

Where I-205 narrows from three lanes to two at SR 500, WSDOT will taper the right lane so it ends at the Fourth Plain Boulevard overpass, while extending the left lane for through traffic.

Crews will also reconfigure exits 30 A, B and C to reduce driver confusion. When work is completed, drivers will use the far-right lane to access both eastbound SR 500 and Northeast Gher Road/112th Avenue. Drivers will then use the far-left lane to westbound SR 500 (See WSDOT illustration below).

Barrels and message boards prompting drivers on the new traffic flow will be in place for one week. The improvements are part of the $2.2 million I-205, SR 14 to I-5 Concrete Rehabilitation Project.

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