West Richland’s Bombing Range Road/Keene Road is Now Open
Traffic is flowing normally again at the Bombing Range/Keene Road intersection. The signalized intersection is open following several months of road construction.
"What you're going to see is a four-way intersection. If you're heading south on Bombing Range and want to make a left, there's double left turn lanes there. The signal is controlled by cameras. So, it's pretty smart in the programming." says Public Works Director Roscoe Slade.
The city wanted to open the intersection much earlier, but completion of the project was delayed due to a hang up in the delivery of aluminum housing for the traffic signal heads.
Nearly 20 years ago, a single lane roundabout was built to ease congestion. After a series of traffic studies, the city decided a signalized intersection was the best option.
The north-south route serves as a major access point for the Badger South Sub-Area and access to the I-182 Interstate.
The east-west route serves as major access to the westerly developing areas of the city including a proposed high school and commercial/residential development.
Construction was completed in phases with the first phase reconstructing the south half of the intersection and the second phase reconstructing the north half.
"Everybody's excited to have it open." Slade said. "I just appreciate everyone's patience with the project."
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