Visitors points: Hansen Highway interchange involves mild – Columbia Basin Herald

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MOSES LAKE – Rising residential improvement within the Mae Valley and plans for a brand new truck cease off Hansen Highway on Interstate 90 have drawn consideration to visitors flows and the amount of visitors across the interchange.

Chris Keifenheim, the Washington Division of Transportation's deputy regional director for engineering for the north-central area, stated the interchange possible dates from the 1960s and met requirements when it was constructed.

"The way in which it (the alternate) is presently doesn’t meet the present customary," he stated.

Love’s Journey Cease has submitted plans to the city of Moses Lake for a comfort retailer and truck cease on the south facet of I-90 at Hansen Highway. A part of this plan consists of visitors evaluations on the roads surrounding the property, together with eastbound on and off ramps.

Keifenheim stated the revisions would assist with eastbound visitors exiting and coming into I-90. The eastbound exit ramp and entry ramp shall be lengthened bringing them as much as present requirements. The modifications will assist drivers as they decelerate off the ramp and speed up off the ramp, he stated.

The westbound on and off ramp meets present requirements, he stated. Westbound visitors enters and exits the north facet of the freeway and makes use of the Hansen Highway Viaduct.

Options to any visitors issues on the Hansen Highway interchange will solely be partially the accountability of the Washington Division of Transportation. Approaches on both facet are the accountability of the town. So any revision of the intersection, widening of the viaduct or redesign of the approaches, would contain each the town and the DOT.

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Division of Transportation officers assess sections of the street community each two years, together with interchanges, trying on the variety of collisions. At present, the Hansen Highway interchange is aware of the variety of collisions engineers expect, Keifenheim stated.

These evaluations affect the tasks chosen for DOT funding. Initiatives will also be funded by way of requests from lawmakers for the capital price range, and Keifenheim stated legislative request, at the very least for now, can be the most certainly solution to safe funding. for the modernization of the Hansen Highway interchange.

Roads to and from the interchange are within the city of Moses Lake. And the town may need the choice of making use of for funding for tasks aimed toward assuaging visitors issues, he stated. Metropolis officers have commissioned a visitors survey for Hansen Highway, Mae Valley, and residential developments south of I-90. This examine is anticipated to be printed in June.

There are alternatives to alleviate visitors jams that don't contain rebuilding the viaduct, Keifenheim stated, and roundabouts are certainly one of them. Roundabouts are normally among the many first choices when visitors revisions are mentioned, he stated.

Cheryl Schweizer may be contacted at cschweizer@columbiabasinherald.com.

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