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Busy construction season on US 195 in 2018

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 10:32

Beth Bousley, communications, 509-324-6015

Bridge repair project starts March 26, passing lane work in late April

Drivers traveling between Spokane and Pullman will need to plan extra time for their trip or possibly explore alternate routes during two upcoming projects.  Repairs on five bridges and work to add four new passing lanes highlight the 2018 construction season kicking off Monday, March 26.

Beginning March 26, contractor crews will start setting up temporary traffic signal systems on US 195 at three locations; two near Rosalia and one just north of Steptoe.  These signals will direct alternating single-lane traffic through the bridge repair areas.  The signals will operate 24 hours per day, seven days a week.  Motorists should plan for a total of up to 20 minutes in delays between Steptoe and the Spokane County line, depending on traffic, when the bridge projects are underway.  Drivers with time-sensitive travel may wish to use an alternate route.

The $3.1 million bridge repair work project requires the complete removal of the concrete driving surface, repairs to the underlying pavement support and cement repaving.  The contractor will repair the bridges one side at a time.  They will tackle the northbound lanes first, then move over to the southbound side.  The project should wrap up in mid-July.

In late April, contractor personnel will begin the $4.2 million passing lane project.  Four new passing lane sections are being built: three between Rosalia and Plaza, and a fourth about 8 miles north of Steptoe.  The Legislature funded the work as part of the 2015 Connected Washington package.  During the passing lane work, drivers will experience intermittent delays, with flaggers and pilot cars directing single-lane, alternating traffic during the day.  The passing lane job should wrap-up in mid to late-August.
 

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