SR 24 - Bench Road Intersection Improvements

Project news

Beginning Tuesday, July 7 at 6 a.m. the intersection will be closed to allow the contractor to expedite final tasks including plastic pavement markings, permanent signing, illumination, and concrete repair.  A signed detour will be in place.  The intersection will reopen no later than Friday, July 10 at 6 a.m.

This project has been awarded to Cameron-Reilly, L.L.C and started Feb. 10, 2020.  Construction will continue through April 2020 and will require two complete closures of the intersection with a detour during construction.  An open house for this project was held on Jan. 16, 2020 at the Othello City Hall to share information about the project and details regarding the planned detour.  Project updates, including detour details, are available by contacting NCR Communications by email or by calling 509-667-2815.

Needs & benefits

This project will improve both the safety and efficiency at the intersection of Bench Road and SR 24 located just south of the Othello city limits in Adams County. 

Currently there is a four legged intersection with stop control on Bench Rd.  It is a main access point to and from the Othello area for surrounding residences, recreation, agricultural lands, and several businesses by way of Bench Rd.

Adams County, the City of Othello met with WSDOT extensively to identify potential improvements that would increase safety at this intersection.  Both the City and the County had received numerous citizen complaints regarding the safety of this intersection.  At the request of Adams County, WSDOT completed traffic and crash analysis that verified the need for improvements at this location.

That crash analysis determined that the majority of collisions at this intersection are caused by vehicles turning on to SR 24.  Roundabout studies have demonstrated that the type of high severity and high frequency crashes that occur at this location could be reduced significantly.

Timeline

Relocation of utilities began January 2020 to ensure that the utilities are not affected by the construction of the roundabout.  Construction of the roundabout began on Feb. 10, 2020.  The project is scheduled to be complete in July.

During the project the regulatory speed limit will be reduced from 45 mph to 35 mph through the project area.

Funding

This project is estimated at $2.6 million and is funded through a partnership with Adams County, which contributed grant funds for a portion of this project.

Contact

James Reynolds, Project Engineer
509-667-2860

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