SR 285 - North Wenatchee Area Intersection Improvements

Project News

December 5, 2018

The City of Wenatchee's planning and design work is well underway.  Two open houses have been held - Nov. 7 for corridor business owners and Nov. 14 for the public. The city's online open house and survey collected even more input through Dec. 4th from those who couldn't attend an open house. That data will refine the next phase of the design.

Needs & benefits

Proposed solutions on North Wenatchee Avenue initially include modifying intersections to improve truck turn radii, provide U-turns, eliminate sections of the center Turn lane to construct raised medians. Pedestrian and transit improvements and upgrades to lighting and signal systems, and Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) improvements have also been suggested. On US 2 at Easy Street, removing the existing signal and constructing a round-a-bout with pedestrian and bicycle facilities is planned. Which features are important to you? Are there others that should be added? The target is to complete the final design for all project phases by 2025. Initial construction is scheduled to start in 2023 with all phases complete by 2027.

Why is WSDOT addressing safety and congestion through this corridor?
As population and traffic has increased, backups several times a day are commonplace and collisions have risen as drivers attempt unsafe maneuvers to get where they want to go.

The End Result
A smoother commute through a safer corridor.

Project Benefits
Limiting access and providing transit, bicycle and pedestrian facilities as well as an additional lane at some locations will improve mobility, reducing congestion and driver frustration.


  • Design - 2018 through 2023 for all phases
  • Right of Way acquisition - 2020 through 2025
  • Construction - 2023 through 2027


Financial Data for PIN 228531B
Funding Source Amount ($ in thousands)
2003 Gas Tax (Nickel Funding) $0
2005 Gas Tax (TPA) $0
Pre-Existing Funds (PEF) $0
CWA $18,005
Total $18,005


Nicholas Manzaro
North Central Region
Planning Manager