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Foam Blocks Used In Washington Highway Foundation

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) - The state Transportation Department is using a large block of expanded plastic foam - nearly 8,000 of them - to build the foundation for a freeway overpass over Interstate 5 and Interstate 205 at Salmon Creek, north of Vancouver.
    
Each block of geofoam is 3 feet by 4 feet by 9 feet.
    
Engineer Leon Winger says the department is using the blocks of expanded polystyrene because of unstable soil.
    
The road and concrete walls will surround the white blocks. When the $133 million project is finished next year, no one will see the foam.
    

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