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US 97 - North of Riverside Passing Lane - Complete June 2013

Project Status - Complete
Click to enlarge View entire map It shows where the new N.bound passing lane is located, two miles north of Riverside on US 97.

Click for larger image View entire photo  The new passing lane was built on the right shoulder of US 97 roughly halfway between Okanogan and Tonasket.

This I-3, Economic Initiatives Capital Improvement Program project is intended to improve freight mobility by providing a dedicated passing lane, reducing the potential for crossover collisions on this major arterial in and out of British Columbia. 
This project constructed a 1.35 mile passing lane two miles north of Riverside, expanding the highway to three 12-foot wide lanes with 8 foot shoulders.
Construction began April 15 and was complete June 6, 2013.

How You Benefit
Cross GlyphImproves Safety
Reduces the potential for head on collisions and eliminates the need to enter the Southbound lane to pass slower vehicles.

Car GlyphRelieves Congestion
Reduces congestion and improves freight and passenger vehicle mobility by reducing the delays caused by slower vehicles.

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


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.

Contact Us
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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