- Washington State Route 500
Infobox WA State Route|type=State|route=500|sec=635|parent_type=Interstate|parent=5
State Route 500, commonly known as SR 500, Highway 500, or 500, is a state highway in the
U.S. stateof Washington.
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 St. Johns Blvd., Falk Rd., and NE 54 Ave. It then continues as an expressway past Westfield Shopping Town Vancouver (The Vancouver Mall) to a
cloverleafinterchange with I-205. It continues as a freeway for short period before traveling over local roads to the Padden Parkwaywhere 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. 162th Ave., where it turns south to 4th Plain Rd. From there it follows various local roads southeastward to its terminus just south of downtown Camas.
Due to a high accident rate and traffic volumes, WSDOT 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. (1996), N.E. Thurston Rd. (2002), and N.E. 112th Ave./N.E. Gher Rd. (2005). 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).
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 PSH-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.
The entire route is in Clark County.
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