Thursday, May 26, 2016

Public Open House to Discuss 395 Safety Improvements

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is looking for feedback from the public on proposed safety improvements to US 395 and will host an open house next week on the topic.

The WSDOT recently evaluated intersection-related crashes at several locations on US 395 in the area of Deer Park. From 2010 through 2014, there were 65 crashes at five intersections in this 3-mile stretch of US 395. WSDOT engineers have been working with the community to develop lower cost alternatives to improve operations and safety at these intersections.

Some higher priced options, roundabouts, are proposed for the Short/Main and Monroe/Crawford intersections and engineers are proposing closing the Burroughs/Dalton intersection and paving Short Road on the west side of US 395. 

All of the engineer's suggestions can be reviewed on the study website and instructions on how to submit comments can be found there as well. You can also submit comments at the open house on June 1, from 4-7 p.m. at Deer Park High School, 800 S. Weber Road in Deer Park.

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