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SR 28 - Wenatchee Eastside Corridor Study


map of project location View entire map.  This project addresses congestion on SR 28B from milepost 0.0 to milepost 3.86 in Douglas County.

SR 28 looking south near 19th Street. View entire photo.  Traffic volume has grown to the point that more stop lights & turn pockets only add to the congestion.  Residential, business, agriculture, school and Canada-bound semi's don't make a happy mix of highway users on this congested part of SR 28

Status

Summer 2015

  • The 2015 Connecting Washington revenue package provides $58.5 Million to fund stages 3 and 4 which will widen Sunset Highway from 9th Street to Hadley Street to five lanes including a median turn lane in places and U-turns at the intersections, plus other improvements.
  • Construction is scheduled in 2019-21 
  • Stage 1 of this project constructed an extension of Eastmont Avenue to the SR 28/ US 2/97 intersection at the east end of the Odabashian Bridge.
    The 2005 Transportation Partnership Funding package provided the $53.5 million of gas tax money for construction.
  • The Final Environmental Impact Statement for the entire corridor (Final EIS) is still available for review. Read the Final EIS Summary.

 

The Final Environmental Impact Statement can be reviewed at the:

East Wenatchee Public Library
271 9th Street NE
East Wenatchee
&
Wenatchee Public Library
310 Douglas Street
Wenatchee

The Final EIS responds to over 190 public comments that were received during the Draft EIS public review period.  Upon careful consideration of both public comments and the environmental analysis, Alternative 3B was selected as the Preferred Alternative.  It consists of constructioin of an extension of Eastmont Avenue from the intersection of US 2/97 and Sunset Highway to Badger Mountain Road.  Sunset Highway will be widened to five lanes including a median and u-turn intersections.

The Final EIS marked the implementation of a corridor plan to improve safety, access, freight mobility and planning for the future growth in the SR 28 corridor.

Douglas County was responsible for the design and construction management of the Eastmont Extension.

Why is WSDOT addressing congestion in the SR-28 corridor?

The purpose of the Eastside Corridor project is to identify a transportation alternative that will enhance the safety and increase the mobility—including the movement of people, goods, and services—on the Sunset Highway Corridor (SR-28) in the East Wenatchee urban area from 9th Street to the Odabashian Bridge. The purpose of the project is to produce an environmentally acceptable transportation solution that balances the needs of the community and improves safety and mobility for north/south travel in the East Wenatchee area.

Nearly 15,000 vehicles traverse the corridor daily—that’s almost one vehicle every ten seconds, 24 hours a day. Congestion and safety hazards along Sunset Highway are continually increasing, which presents a serious challenge to the quality of life and economic vitality of our community and region. The goal of the project is to select an alternative that will meet the transportation needs of the community, making it safer for pedestrians and commuters alike while protecting the natural resources that make our community an attractive place to live. 

The End Result
The end result of the environmental impact statement process will be an alternative that meets all Federal and State environmental laws and the preferred alternative also must meet the transportation needs of the region.

Project Benefits

The goal is to achieve: 

  • Reduced traffic congestion.
  • Improved safety.
  • Enhanced environmental quality.
  • Improved livability for neighborhoods within the corridor.

and also to:

  • Foster the local and state economy.
  • Accommodate planned regional growth.

What is the project timeline?
Stages three and four are funded for the 2019-2021 biennium.

Financial Information

Project signage will reflect the cost of construction engineering, project bid award and sales tax.

The 2015 Connecting Washington revenue package provides $58.5 Million to fund stages 3 and 4 starting in 2019.

The 2005 Transportation Partnership Funding package provided $56.3 million of gas tax money for construction of stage 1 completed in 2013.

How can I get more information?
Contact:
Terry Mattson, Consultant Manager and Special Projects Engineer
phone: (509) 667.2899
email: MattsoT@wsdot.wa.gov
PO Box 98
1551 N. Wenatchee Ave.
Wenatchee, WA 98801

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