On Wednesday, June 1, from 4:00pm to 7:00pm, Deer Park High School’s commons will be the site for the WSDOT’s public open house regarding proposed safety improvements to US 395. Interested citizens will have the opportunity to review proposed changes and provide comment; no formal presentation is planned. Attendees are welcome to come and go at their leisure during the three-hour event.
Over the past few months the Washington State Department of Transportation evaluated intersection-related crashes at several locations on US 395 in the Deer Park area. In the five-year period, 2010 through 2014, there were 65 crashes at the five intersections in this 3-mile stretch of US 395. As part of the study, WSDOT engineers worked with the community to develop lower cost alternatives to improve operations and safety at these intersections.
WSDOT is proposing constructing roundabouts at the Short/Main and Monroe/Crawford intersections. In addition, engineers are proposing a full closure of the Burroughs/Dalton intersection, and paving Short Road on the west side of US 395. Citizens can review the suggested alternatives on the study website (CLICK HERE) and make comments prior to the open house.
WSDOT representatives will be on hand to explain the potential improvements, answer questions and take suggestions from area residents, business leaders, and drivers. These ideas will be used to shape the final plan for the highway.
WSDOT Eastern Region, Traffic Project Manager
Larry Frostad, P.E.
WSDOT Eastern Region
Assistant Traffic Engineer