Due to multiple near accidents with motorists and workers resulting from work zone traffic control violations, emphasis patrols in the area of Cowlitz Way and NW 5th will begin tonight.
Motorists are reminded that infractions issued in a work zone are doubled, and that intentionally evading a traffic control device, or driving a vehicle in a work zone in a manner likely to endanger persons or property, is a gross misdemeanor per RCW 46.61.527.
As a reminder, the City of Kelso is conducting emergency replacement of a storm sewer line located at the western approach of the Cowlitz Way Bridge at Long Avenue / Northwest 5th Street. Work will take place during the night from 7pm-5am and will continue for approximately six weeks.
Traffic will be reduced to one lane each way from 7pm through 5am. Turns at the intersection of Cowlitz Way and Long Avenue / Northwest 5th Street will be restricted. Motorists are strongly encouraged to use alternate routes during the construction period.
We ask you for your patience as we work to repair your city storm drains.