This Safety Improvement Project installed a new traffic signal, right and left turn channelization and advance warning beacons at Dryden on US 2/97. Construction began in April and was completed on August 1st, 2007
The signal and new turn pockets reduce the potential for collisions at this intersection. Advanced warning beacons alert drivers that the signal is changing.
The signal reduces waiting time for large trucks bound for fruit processing facilities in Dryden. The project also included a new LINK Transit bus pullout and shelter.
| Economic Incentive
This project significantly improves timely access for pear trucks getting to the processing facilities in Dryden.
By combining this project with the Leavenworth to Cashmere Paving project, construction was advanced by a year and costs were significantly reduced.
Partnerships & Cooperation
The 2002 US 2/97 Safety Corridor Study (pdf 1.86 mb) recommends short and long term projects to address intersection safety between the Big Y interchange and Wenatchee. The Dryden signal had the highest cost/benefit ratio among the projects recommended in the study.
The project was advertised for private contractor bids in October of 2006, bids were opened on November 16th and a contract for $3,319,470.45 - 15% under the engineering estimate - was awarded to Central Washington Asphalt, Inc.
This project was funded through the following sources:
· 2003 Gas tax (Nickel Funding) - $413,000
· Pre-existing gas tax funds - $85,000
Total Funding Available from all sources - $498,000
Project Engineer Eric Pierson
WSDOT North Central Region
P.O. Box 98
Wenatchee, WA 98807
Phone: (509) 667-2870 or
toll free (888) 461-8816
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