WSDOT repaved SR 515 between SE 192nd Street and Benson road and constructed a raised traffic island and U-turn to replace the a two-way left turn lane. This new road configuration will help prevent collisions by directing cars to turn left at the U-turns rather than from the numerous business driveways.
The traffic island will better separate opposing traffic and prevent vehicles from colliding in the left center turn lane. Similar projects such as the raised traffic island installed by the city of Kent near Washington Boulevard (SR 181) and SR 516 have decreased collisions by 30 percent.
Reducing the number of collisions along this highway will help keep traffic flowing.
| Protects Environment
WSDOT conducted a biological assessment to ensure there will be no adverse affects on the environment from this project.
Partnerships & Cooperation
The project team held community meetings and distributed a newsletter (128 kb) to local businesses with information about the project.
- 2005 Gas Tax (Partnership Funding) - $1.3 million
- Existing funds - $1.6 million
- Total funding from all sources - $2.9 million
Project Engineer: John Lefotu
Communications: Mike Murphy
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