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US 97 - North of Riverside Passing Lane

June 6, 2013
Click to enlarge View entire map It shows where the new N.bound passing lane is located, two miles north of Riverside on US 97.

Click for larger image View entire photo  The new passing lane was built on the right shoulder of US 97 roughly halfway between Okanogan and Tonasket.

Status

Complete June 2013

Construction began April 15 and was complete June 6. 

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 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 the tourism industry.

Why is WSDOT building this northbound passing lane?
This project is to improve mobility by providing a dedicated passing lane and to reduce the potential for crossover collisions.

The End Result
This project constructed a 1.35 mile passing lane two miles north of Riverside, expanding the highway to three 12-foot wide lanes with 8 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 April 15 and was complete June 6, 2013 within the scheduled 35 working days.

Financial Information

Financial Data for PIN 209700Y
Funding Source Amount ($ in thousands)
2003 Gas Tax (Nickel Funding) $0
2005 Gas Tax (TPA) $0
Pre-Existing Funds (PEF) $1,372
Total $1,372

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

This project was advertised for private contractor bids Dec. 17, 2012 Seven qualified bids were opened Jan. 10, 2013. On Jan. 14, contract #8409 was awarded to Selland Construction, Inc. of Wenatchee for $829,108.19, 15% under the engineering estimate.

How can I get more information?
Contact:
Bob Romine, Project Engineer
WSDOT North Central Region
P.O. Box 98
Wenatchee, WA 98807
Phone: (509) 667-2880 or toll free (888) 461-8816
Email: rominer@wsdot.wa.gov

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