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Changes coming to US 2 on the West Plains near Spokane, in a roundabout way

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 08:49

Al Gilson, communications, 509-324-6015

Construction of a multi-lane roundabout on US 2 just west of Airway Heights is nearly complete; it’s time for highway travelers between Airway Heights and Fairchild Air Force Base to prepare for the change by learning how to navigate the new intersection.

The new facility is the first multi-lane roundabout in the Spokane metro area and there are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Slow down and select the correct lane before entering the roundabout.
  • Yield to traffic already in the roundabout. Wait for a gap, then enter the correct lane.
  • Use turn signals when exiting the roundabout. Drivers exiting from the left lane should be aware of other vehicles in the right lane and use caution.
  • Yield to any pedestrians that may be crossing the road when exiting the roundabout.

Remember, as you enter the roundabout:

  • Right lane: for a right turn or going straight.
  • Left lane: for a left turn, going straight, or u-turn.

More information about roundabouts and how to drive them can be found on the WSDOT website. In addition, this video shows a multi-lane roundabout in action just north of Bellingham on State Route 539 at the intersection of SR 544 and Pole Road.

Wm. Winkler Company of Spokane built the roundabout that will provide access to the Spokane Tribe of Indians casino and commercial development just to the west of the Craig Road intersection. The project is fully funded by the Spokane Tribe.

The contractor is in the final stages of construction and the roundabout should open to traffic soon.

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