US 97 - Toppenish to Union Gap - Corridor Improvements

Project news

  • Design is underway on roundabouts at US 97/McDonald and Becker Roads and US 97 Jones Road.
  • WSDOT is partnerning with the Yakama Nation and lower valley communities providing roundabout education.
  • The first roundabout on US 97 is scheduled for construction in 2021.
  • How to drive a roundabout


Why is WSDOT building roundabouts along US 97?

The US 97 corridor has a history of severe and fatal collisions between Toppenish and Union Gap. WSDOT has been working with the Yakama Nation to develop a corridor safety improvement plan. In the fall of 2018, Yakama Nation Tribal Council agreed with WSDOT’s plan to construct two roundabouts on US 97 at McDonald Rd & Becker Rd and US 97 at Jones Rd.

Needs and Benefits

  • ​Reduce the severity of crashes by lowering vehicle speeds.
  • Provides marked areas for pedestrians to cross.
  • Allows space for freight trucks.
  • Improves traffic flow.

What other safety improvements is WSDOT adding along the US 97 corridor?

WSDOT plans to upgrade existing intersections by making the current stoplights and crosswalks more visible.

Timeline

  • 2019 - 2020 - Design roundabouts, Community Engagement
  • 2021 - Construction of roundabout at US 97/McDonald Rd & Becker Rd
  • 2022 - Construction of roundabout at US 97 at Jones Rd

Funding

Estimated total project cost for both roundabouts is approximately $10 million which includes Federal and State funding. 

Contact

Bob Hooker
WSDOT Project Engineer
509-577-1760

Summer Derrey
WSDOT Communications
509-577-1943

Map of US 97 corridor between Toppenish and Union Gap

Two roundabouts are planned along US 97 between Wapato and Toppenish.

US 97 McDonald/Becker Road roundabout

This is a design visualization of the roundabout planned at US 97 and McDonald and Becker Roads.