This (I-2) Highway Capital Safety Improvement - Collision Prevention Project addressed two intersections on US 97 in Okanogan at Cameron Lake/Armory Junction Roads and Oak Street/Airport Road. The projects are to reduce the number and severity of collisions while efficiently moving freight and passenger vehicles.
There were 11 collisions at the US 97 and Cameron Lake /Armory Junction Roads intersection from 2006 to 2011 - many were "T-Bone" crashes resulting in serious injuries and fatalities. Adding NB and SB left turn lanes on US 97 there and at Oak Street/Airport Road provides a refuge for vehicles waiting to turn left.
Provide advance notice to highway drivers that vehicles are entering from the side roads.
Reduce the number of conflict points between through and turning traffic.
Provide a dedicated lane refuge for drivers turning from US 97.
Reduce delays and increase mobility for drivers on US 97 because they don't have to stop and wait for traffic making left turns from US 97.
Partnerships & Cooperation
A well attended open house was held in Okanogan on Sept. 19, 2012. Input received generated a revised intersection improvement design alternative that was constructed.
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|2003 Gas Tax (Nickel Funding)
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The project was advertised for private contractor construction bids on Mar. 25, 2013. Bids were opened Apr. 18. On Apr. 20, contract #8458 was awarded to Granite Construction Co. for $889,550.32
All the funding, including the initial funding approved by the legislature (shown above), is from a federal initiative called the "Coordinated Border Infrastructure Program" to make improvements on international border crossing routes.
Total funding: $1,991,560.00
Kevin Waligorski, Project Engineer
WSDOT North Central Region
2830 Euclid Avenue Building A
Wenatchee, WA 98801
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