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Guardrail additions near completion


November 21, 2019

A guardrail project on Pullman - Wawawai Road and Wawawai Road is nearly done with an expected completion this week.

“Could be wrapped up tomorrow,” said Dean Cornelison, assistant county engineer, on Monday. “A little ahead of schedule.”

Contractor M2 Construction of Ellensburg started Nov. 4 on 8,000 feet of new guardrail work on the two roads.

“I've been running that gauntlet every day,” said Commissioner Dean Kinzer, who lives and farms in the area.

The project was approved in May as part of a package funded for $650,000 from the Federal Highways Safety Improvement Program, and has since gone through delays because an underground phone line needed to be moved, in places, by Frontier Communications, before work was to proceed.

During the project the past three weeks, Frontier worked with the contractor to expose the phone line and move it as needed.

State law allows for utilities to use county road right-of-way ground.

The other half of the $650,000 funding package included rumble-strips and striping laid this summer on several roads across the county.


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