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US 97 - North of Brewster - Passing Lane - Complete September 2013

Project Status - Complete
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 This project constructed a 1-3/4 mile long Northbound passing lane from MP 269.32 to MP 271.10 on US 97 about 7 miles north of Brewster in Southern Okanogan County.

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  (Before) US 97 at MP 269.3 where the passing lane started.

Overview
This I-3, Economic Initiatives -Trunk Systems - Capital Improvement Program project is to improve freight mobility on this major arterial in and out of British Columbia's Okanagon Valley. 

This project improves mobility by providing a dedicated passing lane and also reduces the potential for crossover collisions.

The 1.78 mile passing lane is seven miles north of Brewster, expanding the highway to three 12'  lanes with four foot shoulders.
Construction began July 8 and was completed Sept. 13, 2013.

How You Benefit
Cross GlyphImproves Safety
Reduces the potential for head on collisions.

Eliminates the need to enter the Southbound lane to pass slower vehicles.
Car GlyphRelieves Congestion
Reduces congestion providing a designated passing lane.
Dollar Sign Glyph Economic Incentive
Improves freight and passenger vehicle mobility reducing trip times.

Partnerships & Cooperation
This section of US 97 is a Scenic Byway designated "Via 97", supporting tourism industry development.

Funding

Financial Data for PIN 209703H
Funding Source Amount ($ in thousands)
2003 Gas Tax (Nickel Funding) $0
2005 Gas Tax (TPA) $0
Pre-Existing Funds (PEF) $1,452
Total $1,452

This project was advertised for private contractor bids in February. On Mar. 7, five qualified were opened. On Mar. 13, Contract # 8424 was awarded to Granite Construction Co. for $979,499.91, 12% under the engineering estimate.

Contact Us
Kevin Waligorski, Project Engineer
WSDOT North Central Region
1551 N. Wenatchee Ave.
Wenatchee, Wa 98801-1156
Phone: (509) 667-2860 or toll free (888) 461-8816
Email: waligok@wsdot.wa.gov

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