Washington State Route 500

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State Route 500 marker

State Route 500
Route information
Auxiliary route of I-5
Defined by RCW 47.17.635
Maintained by WSDOT
Length: 22.18 mi[1] (35.70 km)
Existed: 1964 – present
Major junctions
West end: I‑5 in Vancouver
  I‑205 in Orchards
SR 503 in Orchards
East end: SR 14 in Camas
Highway system
SR 433 SR 501

State Route 500 (SR 500) is a Washington state highway located in Clark County, Washington, United States.

Route description[edit]

SR 500 near the Saint Johns Boulevard interchange facing east

SR 500 begins at an interchange with I-5 near downtown Vancouver, at the level of 39th Street. It runs eastward along an expressway to a traffic signal controlled intersections with Falk Rd. and NE 54 Ave. It then continues as an expressway past Westfield Shopping Town Vancouver (The Vancouver Mall) to a cloverleaf interchange with I-205. It continues as a freeway for short period before traveling over local roads to the Padden Parkway where it meets with the southern terminus of SR 503, the route then turns eastward to follow Padden Parkway to its terminus at Ward Rd. which SR 500 follows a short distance to N.E. 162nd Ave., where it turns south to 4th Plain Rd. From there it follows various local roads southeastward to its terminus just southeast of downtown Camas where it meets SR 14.

Due to a high accident rate and traffic volumes, Washington State Department of Transportation is converting the expressway section of SR 500 between Interstate 5 and SR 503 to a freeway in phases. Three of the five planned interchanges have been completed, at N.E. Andresen Rd. (1995), N.E. Thurston Rd. (2002), and N.E. 112th Ave./N.E. Gher Rd. (2004). Two more interchanges and an overcrossing will complete the freeway at N.E. St. Johns Rd. (interchange), N.E. 42nd Ave. (overpass), and N.E. 54th Ave. (half-interchange, eastbound only).

History[edit]

Prior to 2005, SR 500 followed 4th Plain Rd. from Orchards to its current junction instead of traveling north to Padden Parkway.

Prior to 1964 SR 500 was designated SSH 8A

Prior to the construction of the freeway sections of SR 500, the route followed 4th Plain Rd. from I-5 to its current junction.

Major intersections[edit]

The entire highway is in Clark County. All exits are unnumbered.

Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Vancouver 0.00 0.00 I‑5 south – Portland
0.38 0.61 Northeast 15th Avenue to I-5 north Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
1.14 1.83 St. Johns Boulevard
1.80 2.90 Eastern end of freeway
2.38 3.83 Western end of freeway
3.10 4.99 Northeast Andresen Road
3.88 6.24 Northeast Thurston Way – Westfield Vancouver Mall
4.73 7.61 I‑205 – Seattle, Salem
5.40 8.69 Northeast Gher Road, Northeast 112th Avenue
5.96 9.59 SR 503 begins Eastern end of freeway; western end of SR 503 overlap
  6.98 11.23 SR 503 north – Brush Prairie, Battle Ground Eastern end of SR 503 overlap
Camas 22.18 35.70 SR 14 – Kennewick, Vancouver Interchange
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing