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Roundabout in store for US 97A intersection in north Wenatchee

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Date:  Thursday, February 16, 2012

Contact:

Jeff Adamson WSDOT Communications 509-667-2815 (Wenatchee)

Kevin Waligorski WSDOT Project Engineer 509-667-2860 (Wenatchee)

WENATCHEE – There’s congestion every afternoon at the intersection of US 97A and Stemilt Warehouse Road in north Wenatchee when shifts change at the busy fruit packing facility. Even more traffic is coming as the company constructs its new administrative building there.

The Washington State Department of Transportation is building a roundabout at the busy intersection this summer to help relieve congestion and improve safety.

To learn more about the project, the work schedule and the traffic impacts, there’s an open house scheduled later this month:

· What: Open House – US 97A Ohme Garden Road-Stemilt Warehouse Road roundabout

· When: 3-6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 29

· Where: WSDOT Maintenance Area 1, Building B Conference Room, 2830 Euclid Avenue, Wenatchee, WA.

Thanks to funding from Stemilt Growers, WSDOT was able to combine the roundabout with a $3.9 million paving project already scheduled for construction this summer. Stemilt is paying about a third of the cost to build the nearly half-million dollar roundabout. Combining the projects saves a substantial amount of money.

Stemilt Growers has 500 full-time employees who use the intersection daily, and that figure rises by another 1,200 employees seasonally. The company is also building new administrative offices there, adding another 100 daily commuters.

WSDOT will advertise for private contractor bids in March to build the single-lane roundabout. The combined project also paves more than three miles of US 2/97 and US 97A north and west of Wenatchee, builds new sidewalks on Easy St. and replaces Wenatchee River bridge expansion joints. Roundabout construction will start in June and finish in July.

The traffic plan calls for two-way traffic at all times on US 97A during construction.

Last spring, Wenatchee drivers experienced a high-volume roundabout when WSDOT built a temporary one at the east end of the Odabashian Bridge during an intersection reconstruction project. Douglas County also has a roundabout on Grant Road at Pangborn Airport and Wenatchee has several small ones on the Riverfront Drive bypass.

Drivers can stay informed about delays and closures with the following resources:

· Website: www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/US2/WestWenatcheePaving

· Highway alerts: www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic/trafficalerts/default.aspx

· Traveler information hotline - 511

· Highway Advisory Radio - 1610 AM

· Portable electronic message signs on the roadway shoulders

· Sign up to receive US 97A Wenatchee to Chelan e mail updates: https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/WADOT/subscriber/new?

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