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Eastern Region - E-Mail Update Newsletter

May 2016

Mike Frucci

Welcome to our May newsletter. This month we talk about a couple of open house meetings, and highway paint striping.

As always, if you have any questions on items in this newsletter, or other transportation issues, please let me know. Give us a call at (509) 324-6010 or send me an email at fruccim@wsdot.wa.gov.
Mike Frucci
Acting Regional Administrator
WSDOT Eastern Region

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Learn more about potential intersection changes on US 395 in Deer Park

The public is invited to review and comment on proposed safety improvements to US 395 during a June open house.

Over the past few months the Washington State Department of Transportation evaluated intersection-related crashes at several locations on US 395 in the Deer Park area. In the five-year period, 2010 through 2014, there were 65 crashes at the five intersections in this three-mile stretch of US 395.

As part of the study, WSDOT engineers worked with the community to develop lower cost alternatives to improve operations and safety at these intersections.

WSDOT is proposing constructing roundabouts at the Short/Main and Monroe/Crawford intersections. In addition, engineers are proposing a full closure of the Burroughs/Dalton intersection along with paving Short Road from US 395 to Burroughs Road on the west side of the highway. Interested citizens can review the suggested alternatives on the study website and make comments prior to the open house.

On Wednesday, June 1 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., WSDOT will host a public open house to present the potential changes for this section of US 395, including displays showing the possible improvements. No formal presentation is planned. Attendees are welcome to come and go at their leisure during the three-hour event.

WSDOT representatives will be on hand to explain the potential improvements, answer questions and take suggestions from area residents, business leaders, and drivers. These ideas will be used to shape the final plan for the highway.

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Help design a new bridge

WSDOT engineers are in the very early stages of a bridge replacement project on State Route 290 just east of downtown Spokane. The Spokane River East Trent Bridge is funded for replacement with construction slated to begin in 2019.

To get the project rolling, WSDOT is holding an open house on Wednesday, June 22. The meeting will be held at the Union Gospel Mission Recovery Center building at 1306 E. Trent. This is their new building at the southeast corner of Trent and Denver Streets (not the main mission building on Erie). The open house hours are 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

This is a very early opportunity to chat with the engineers and explore design concepts for the project. The open house will not have a formal presentation, however, department staff will be available to respond to your questions on the project.

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It’s highway paint striping season

Every year, WSDOT Eastern Region maintenance crews will re-stripe about 1,500 miles of road on dozens of state highways in the seven counties of northeast Washington.

The Department uses reflective, water-based paint which contains thousands of little glass beads designed to reflect lots of light back at the driver. When vehicle headlights shine on the paint, tiny spheres in the glass beads reflect the light, making the lines easier to see.

Striping is very weather dependent. The roadway must be dry and at least 50 degrees. We use fast-drying paint that takes thirty seconds to five minutes to dry, depending on the temperature. It’s very important that drivers stay well behind the paint crew vehicles. The paint truck is usually followed by one or two vehicles with signs and flashing lights.

Our crews normally begin with the high volume routes grouped around Spokane and then the crew will start in the south and move north. This pattern allows the heavily traveled routes to be painted first and then utilizes the warmer temperatures that occur earlier in the southern portion of the region.

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