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US 97 - North of Brewster - Passing Lane

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 This project constructs a 1-3/4 mile long Northbound passing lane from MP 269.32 to MP 271.10 on US 97 about 7 miles north of Brewster in Southern Okanogan County.

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  US 97 at MP 269.3 where the passing lane will start.


Complete September 2013

Construction began July 8 and was completed Sept. 13.

An email list, US 97 Chelan to B.C. Border, has been set up so those who wish can subscribe and get updates sent directly to them on this project and other activity in the section of US 97.

This I-3, Economic Initiatives -Trunk Systems - Capital Improvement Program project is intended to improve freight mobility on this major arterial in and out of British Columbia's Okanagon Valley. This section of US 97 is also a Scenic Byway designated "Via 97", supporting tourism industry development.

Why is WSDOT building this northbound passing lane?

This project improves mobility by providing a dedicated passing lane and also reduces the potential for crossover collisions.

The End Result
This project constructs a 1.78 mile passing lane seven miles north of Brewster, expanding the highway to three twelve foot wide lanes with a minimum of four foot shoulders.

Project Benefits

  • Eliminates the need to enter the Southbound lane to pass slower vehicles.
  • Improves freight and passenger vehicle mobility.
  • Reduces the potential for head on collisions.
  • Reduces congestion.

What is the project timeline?
Construction began July 8 and should take about 2 months (35 working days) to complete.

Financial Information

Financial Data for PIN 209703H
Funding Source Amount ($ in thousands)
2003 Gas Tax (Nickel Funding) $0
2005 Gas Tax (TPA) $0
Pre-Existing Funds (PEF) $1,452
Total $1,452

Project signage will reflect the cost of construction engineering, project bid award and sales tax.

This project was advertised for private contractor bids in February. On Mar. 7, 5 qualified were opened. On Mar. 13, Contract # 8424 was awarded to Granite Construction Co. for $979,499.91, 12% under the engineering estimate.

How can I get more information?
Kevin Waligorski, Project Engineer
WSDOT North Central Region
1551 N. Wenatchee Ave.
Wenatchee, Wa  98801-1156
Phone: (509) 667-2860 or toll free (888) 461-8816

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