Construction started April 22 and should be complete in 7 weeks in June.
For information on the project's progress, visit the North Central Region’s Construction Update and Travel Advisory
Why is WSDOT
improving this intersection?
The SR 26 and First St. intersection in Othello has experienced a large number of crashes. The purpose of this project is to reduce the number and severity of collisions at the junction of SR 26 and SR 24 spur.
Stage 1 of this project lowered the grade of SR 24 and Broadway Ave. underneath the bridge at SR 26. This allows large trucks and over height vehicles to use this north/south route into Othello instead of crossing SR 26 at First St.
Stage 2 of this project will eliminate some of the movements in the intersection, reducing conflict points which will reduce the potential for future crashes.
The End Result
The current plan constructs a raised channelization island at the intersection of SR 26 and SR 24 spur, creating a right-in right-out scenario. A refuge lane will be added for traffic turning left from First St. allowing drivers to make the turn in two movements.
Columbia St. becomes an eastbound one-way street and Wahluke, a one-way westbound. Traffic affected by the movements that will no lnger be possible at the SR 26 and First St. intersection are re-routed onto Columbia and Wahluke.
First St. will become three lanes between SR 26 and Columbia Street and a new midblock pedestrian crossing will be installed to replace the east/west crossing at SR 26. This will allow drivers to better see pedestrians as well as improving ingress/egress to the businesses on that block.
- The potential for crashes within the SR 26/First St. intersection will be significantly reduced.
- Accident potential for east/west pedestrian crossings will be reduced due to the higher visibility at the new crossing location.
What is the project timeline?
Construction is planned for later in the spring and is scheduled for 35 working days to complete. (7 weeks)
Project signage will reflect the cost of construction engineering, project bid award and sales tax.
|Financial Data for PIN 202600I
||Amount ($ in thousands)
|2003 Gas Tax (Nickel Funding)
|2005 Gas Tax (TPA)
|Pre-Existing Funds (PEF)
The project was advertised for private contractor bids in March. Three qualified bids were opened Feb. 21, 2013. On Feb. 25, Contract #8415 was awarded to Granite Construction Co. for 1,043,493.44 - 6% under the engineering estimate.
How can I get more information?
Project Engineer Bob Romine
WSDOT North Central Region Project Office
PO Box 98
Wenatchee, WA 98807
Phone: 509-667-2880, or toll-free 1-888-461-8816
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