This roadway preservation project paved and improved SR 28, just south of Ephrata from Mileposts 36.48 to 44.57 and SR 283 from Mileposts 14.7 to 14.86.
In addition to the paving, there were significant safety reasons for the part of the project that blasted rock to widen the ditches between Martin Road and the RR over-crossing. In the last seven years there had been seven collisions with that rock face. Four produced injuries and one left the driver disabled. Blasting the rock face and widening the ditches, increased the distance from the roadway to the rock face, smoothed the slope (increasing a driver’s opportunity to recover) and increased the sight distance for northbound drivers going around the curve.The widening also opened the roadway up for more sun during the winter, reducing icing. The wider ditch also provides a place for any loose rock to land instead of on the roadway. The rock removed during construction was used to relocate County Road 13 (to the regional landfill) which, in turn, allowed for widening Highway 28 for a left turn lane – all at a reduced cost. The project also lengthened the barrier leading into the railroad overcrossing bridge abutments providing a more gradual transition, (but the width stayed the same).
The project improved sight distance and visibility as well as collision avoidance & recovery.
New rumble strips, signs and striping improve safety and the new pavement provides a safer, smoother ride.
Partnerships & Cooperation
Grant County contributed more than a quarter million dollars to this project. The rock removed during construction was used to relocate County Road 13 (to the regional landfill) which, in turn, allowed for widening Highway 28 for a left turn lane – all at a reduced cost.
This project was funded through the following source:
- Pre-existing state gas tax funds - $ 265,000
- Federal funds-$2.5 million
- Grant County - $270,000
- Total funding from all sources - $2.9 million
Bob Romine, Project Engineer
WSDOT-North Central Region
P.O. Box 98
Wenatchee WA 98807
Phone 509.667.2880 or Toll free 1.888.461.8816
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