The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has a lot of construction projects that are lined up for this summer in the Yakima Valley and the surrounding areas.
Beginning this past week, the construction season started with a paving project at the Selah Creek Rest Area entrance ramp on eastbound Interstate 82, and bridge deck repairs on the highway just south of Union Gap, according to Summer Derrey, spokesperson for WSDOT’s South Central region.
“With work taking place in several locations throughout the region, it will be important for travelers to stay updated on latest developments and closures and to plan ahead for delays or added congestion,” wrote Derrey in a news release. “Much of this work can only take place during the warm, dry summer months so there is a small window for all the projects and it’s not always possible to stagger the work regionwide."
WSDOT crews also will complete maintenance and preservation work to help maintain the condition of the state infrastructure, Derrey said.
Some of the projects that are happening or continuing this summer are:
- U.S. Highway 97 Dry Creek area paving project: Beginning in June, this project is repaving U.S. 97 south of Toppenish near Status Pass and is expected to finish in the fall.
- U.S. Highway 12 Gordon Road bridge deck repair: Beginning in July, the westbound bridge deck repair will take place on U.S. 12 between the North First Street and North 16th Avenue exits in Yakima and is expected to be completed in fall of 2024.
- State Route 241, retrofit bridges in Mabton: Beginning in July, this project will remove the weight restrictions and restore the structural integrity of the Mabton bridges. The contractor will first widen three intersections along the detour route: Grandview Pavement Road and Hornby Road, Chase Road and Hornby Road, and South Euclid Road and Chase Road. Once the intersections are widened, the contractor will close the bridges in Mabton, and drivers will then need to use the detour and use the Euclid Road Bridge to cross the Yakima River. It is expected to be completed in fall of 2025.
For a full list of projects, click here.