The construction of the two new bridges on SR 240 increased capacity and decreased congestion, creating better connections to existing roads, and encourage the use of alternate modes of transportation by improving pedestrian/bicycle connections. The new bridges each provide three general-purpose lanes and one auxiliary lane. The new bridges tie in with the new lanes on SR 240 between I-182 and Columbia Center Boulevard completed in 2007.
WSDOT is committed to increasing safety for the traveling public. Providing an additional general purpose lane in each direction. This will reduce congestion and provide improved mobility.
Using computer modeling, WSDOT estimates that with existing conditions, traffic congestion will average 3 hours a day by 2010 and 5 hours a day by 2020 with average afternoon travel speeds of 31-35 mph. By comparison, after this stretch of SR 240 is complete, congestion will be no more than one hour a day in 2020 and commuters will be able to travel at 55 mph.
| Protects Environment
Environment. The environmental benefits of this project will restore and enhance wetlands and provide flood plain and animal connectivity through this section of the Yakima River Delta.
Partnerships & Cooperation
This project received funding through the following sources:
- Existing Funds - $22.9 million
- Total Funds Available from all sources - $22.9 million
For project schedule and updates, please see the Quarterly Project Report.
Project Engineer, Moe Davari
WSDOT South Central Project Office
1655 Fowler Street
Richland, WA 99352
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