Jeff Adamson, WSDOT communications, 509-667-2815 (Wenatchee)
George Stuart, WSDOT traffic operations, 509-667-3076 (Wenatchee)
EPHRATA – A new look is coming to State Route 28 later this month. On May 28, crews will begin restriping nearly four miles of the highway from the north end of Ephrata to Soap Lake to accommodate left-turning traffic. Work could be finished as early as June 6.
Once complete, the roadway will feature a continuous, center turn lane and passing lanes in each direction. Approximately half the 3.5-mile stretch of highway will have two northbound lanes and one southbound; the other half will have one northbound lane and two southbound.
“Restriping the highway is a low-cost way to reduce the chance for collisions while still allowing drivers to get where they’re going efficiently,” said Jennene Ring, Washington State Department of Transportation regional traffic engineer.
Along with the new stripes, crews will install left-turn arrows, reflective pavement markers and new signs. During construction, two-way traffic will be maintained by closing the center lane and routing vehicles around on each side of the roadway.
The Legislature allocated the funding for this and other low-cost, special projects. Specialized Pavement Marking Company of Tualatin, Ore., will perform the work for WSDOT. Their contract for $52,791.50 was 16% under the engineering estimate.