Construction began April 7, 2008 and traffic began using the new interchange on Oct. 30. A formal ribbon cutting ceremony was held Nov. 19. Photos can be seen on the WSDOT FlickR site.
This Safety Improvement project eliminated the US 2 and US 97 at-grade intersection by constructing a new interchange.
The 2002 US 2/97 Safety Corridor Study (pdf 1.86 mb) recommends short and long term projects to address the High Accident Locations and High Accident Corridors between the Big Y interchange and Wenatchee. The study identified this intersection as both a High Accident Location (HAL) and part of a High Accident Corridor (HAC).
with a grade-separated interchange that reduces the potential for collisions by providing safer turning movements to and from US 2 and US 97.
with new ramps allow traffic to reach highway speeds prior to merging with the through traffic.
by providing safer passage for pedestrians and bicycles.
by accommodating increasing traffic volumes well into the future.
| Protects Environment
with improved drainage and moving US 97 1,000 feet further from Peshastin Creek.
Partnerships & Cooperation
Several connecting Chelan County roads were improved as part of this project. An equipment undercrossing was added to the project to accommodate local orchardist's needs.
|Financial Data for PIN 200201E
||Amount ($ in thousands)
|2003 Gas Tax (Nickel Funding)
|2005 Gas Tax (TPA)
|Pre-Existing Funds (PEF)
We advertised for private contractor bids on September 24, 2007. Twelve bids were opened on Nov. 15. Contract #7418 was awarded to the low bidder, KLB Construction, Inc. on Nov. 20 for $9,776,446.25, 14% below the engineering estimate.
Project Engineer Eric Pierson
WSDOT North Central Region
P.O. Box 98
Wenatchee, WA 98807
Phone: 509.667.2870 or toll free 888.461.8816
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