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US 97 - Orondo Northward Paving - Complete September 2010

September 15, 2010
click to enlarge View entire map.  This project paves 13 miles of US 97 from MP 213.45 to 226.26, in Douglas County.

Mailbox Issues View entire photo. Existing substandard mailbox supports will be replaced to improve safety through this section of highway.

  Guardrail IssuesView entire photo.  Existing guardrail terminals that do not meet standards will be removed and replaced.  Existing guardrail runs that are low will be raised to updated standards.


Project Complete September 2010

  • Construction began on June 1 on the passing lane which was followed by the chip seal resurfacing. All work was complete September 15, 2010.
  • This project was combined with the US 97 Chelan Falls South Passing Lane project which was selected as a tier two stimulus project, to save money.
  • The Orondo North Paver was selected as a "third tier" stimulus project on Dec. 16, 2009. Read the news release.
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The project addresses safety features, upgrades the structural integrity and extends the life of the asphalt surface from Orondo to north of Sun Cove along the east bank of the Columbia River in north western Douglas County.

Why is WSDOT resurfacing and improving this section of US 97?
This section of US 97 is in need of pavement restoration.  Guardrail work, rumble strips, guideposts, striping and new highway signs are also included in the contract.

The End Result
This project will extend the life of the pavement. It will also improves safety features by installing new, higher visibility striping, installing centerline rumble strips, and updating existing guardrail.

Project Benefits

  • Extends roadway life
  • Provides a smoother driving surface
  • Brings guardrail up to current standards
  • Installs centerline rumble strip
  • Installs new guideposts
  • Installs new high visibility striping
  • Installs new reflective highway signs

What is the project timeline?
Construction began June 1 and was complete September 15, 2010.

Financial Information

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

This project was advertised for private contractor bids on February 22, 2010. Two qualified bids were opened on March 25. Contract #7906 for $1,622,622. was awarded to Granite Northwest Inc., 2% below the engineering estimate.
The project is funded through the following sources:

  • Transportation Partnership Funds (TPA) - $159,000
  • 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act - Tier 2 & 3 (ARRA) - $1,885,000
  • Pre-existing Funds - $160,000
  • Total funding from all sources - $2,206,657

How can I get more information?
Eric Pierson, Project Engineer
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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