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It shows where the new N.bound passing lane will be built two miles north of Riverside on US 97.
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The new passing lane will be built on the right shoulder of US 97 roughly halfway between Okanogan and Tonasket.
Construction began April 15 and should be complete in June.
For information on the project's progress, visit the North Central Region’s Construction Update and Travel Advisory
An email list, US 97 Chelan to B.C. Border
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This I-3, Economic Initiatives Capital Improvement Program project is intended to improve freight mobility on this major arterial in and out of British Columbia's Okanagon Valley. This section of US 97 is also a Scenic Byway designated "Via 97", supporting the tourism industry.
Why is WSDOT
building this northbound passing lane?
This project is to improve mobility by providing a dedicated passing lane and to reduce the potential for crossover collisions.
The End Result
This project constructs a 1.35 mile passing lane two miles north of Riverside, expanding the highway to three 12-foot wide lanes with 8 foot shoulders.
- Eliminates the need to enter the Southbound lane to pass slower vehicles
- Improves freight and passenger vehicle mobility
- Reduces the potential for head on collisions
- Reduces congestion
What is the project timeline?
Construction is expected in the spring and summer of 2013.
It is schedule for 35 working days.
Project signage will reflect the cost of construction engineering, project bid award and sales tax.
|Financial Data for PIN 209700Y
||Amount ($ in thousands)
|2003 Gas Tax (Nickel Funding)
|2005 Gas Tax (TPA)
|Pre-Existing Funds (PEF)
This project was advertised for private contractor bids Dec. 17, 2012 Seven qualified bids were opened Jan. 10, 2013. On Jan. 14, contract #8409 was awarded to Selland Construction, Inc. of Wenatchee for $829,108.19, 15% under the engineering estimate.
This project is funded through the following sources:
Pre-existing Gas Tax - $2.58 million
Total Funding from all sources - $2.58 million
How can I get more information?
Bob Romine, Project Engineer
WSDOT North Central Region
P.O. Box 98
Wenatchee, WA 98807
Phone: (509) 667-2880 or toll free (888) 461-8816
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