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Detours coming in May to the Sen. Geo. Sellar Bridge

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Date:  Friday, April 19, 2013

Contact: Jeff Adamson, WSDOT communications, 509-667-2815 (Wenatchee)
Kevin Waligorski, WSDOT project engineer, 509-667-2860 (Wenatchee)
Josh Patrick, WSDOT project engineer, 509-667-2880 (Wenatchee)

WENATCHEE – The next phase of construction improvements to the George Sellar Bridge won’t kick off until early May, but drivers and local residents should start planning now for what project engineers anticipate will be the project’s most significant traffic impacts since work began three years ago.

Before this work begins, there are two opportunities to view detour routes and talk to project staff for help with planning their trips during construction. Exhibits highlighting the remaining work on both ends of the bridge will also be on display.
The Washington State Department of Transportation will host two open houses next week:
• Wednesday, April 24, 4 – 6 p.m., Wenatchee Community Center, 504 S. Chelan Street
• Thursday, April 25, 4 – 6 p.m., East Wenatchee City Hall, 271 9th Street

WSDOT engineers will be on hand to describe the traffic plan for each of the three weeks of construction:
• May 5–15: Stage 1 will reconstruct the western half of the State Route 28/Grant Road intersection.
• May 15–May 24: Stage 2 will reconstruct the eastern half of the SR 28/Grant Road Intersection.
• May 17–May 21: Stage 3 will reconstruct the Grant Road/Valley Mall Parkway and Rock Island Road intersection.

There are three traverse separate projects that improve travel across the Senator George Sellar Bridge, which connects Wenatchee to East Wenatchee across the Columbia River. The first project began in May 2009 and added a fifth lane of traffic and a bicycle and pedestrian cantilever on the south side of the structure. The second project, which will be complete this summer, produced a Grant Road/SR 28 intersection bypass. The third project will be complete later this year. It rebuilds the access routes on the Wenatchee side of the bridge, and adds lanes and a new exit ramp to Ferry Street.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
Accommodation requests for people with disabilities can be made by contacting the WSDOT Diversity/ADA Affairs team at wsdotada@wsdot.wa.gov or by calling toll-free, 855-362-4ADA (4232). Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may make a request by calling the Washington State Relay at 711.
Información del Acta(ADA) de Estadounidense con Discapacidad
Solicitudes de alojamiento para personas con discapacidad pueden hacer comunicándose con el equipo de Asuntos de diversidad/ADA WSDOT en wsdotada@wsdot.wa.gov o llamando al número gratuito, 855-362-4ADA (4232). Personas sordas o con problemas de audición pueden solicitar llamando el relé del estado de Washington al 711.

Hyperlinks within the release:
• Project Flickr page: http://www.flickr.com/photos/wsdot/sets/72157624534803133/
• East end (SR 28) of the George Sellar Bridge: www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/SR28/EastEndSellarBridge/
• West end (SR 285) of the George Sellar Bridge: www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/SR285/WestSellarBridgeIntersection/

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