Kennewick seeks input for Clearwater Avenue safety upgrades

March 16, 2014 

Clearwater traffic

August 5, 2013 - The city of Kennewick has a $2.1 million federal grant to improve safety on Clearwater Avenue. The grant is paying for extensive public outreach to businesses and the community to find out what they want to see fixed and their ideas. In three years, 356 collisions have occurred on this busy road. The public is invited to an open house from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Kamiakin High School library.

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Kennewick officials will ask for public input on recommendations for Clearwater Avenue safety improvements during the city's final open house for the "Safe Clearwater Project."

Consultants from The Transpo Group and MacKay Sposito will share final concepts and recommendations, including the addition of traffic signals, pedestrian and transit improvements, possible right-turn lanes and driveway access point changes that will include left-turn restrictions, driveway realignments or driveway consolidations.

The open house is from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Hapo Business Complex, 7601 W. Clearwater Ave., Suite 300.

A $2.12 million federal grant is paying to create an access plan for safety improvements along the 5.5-mile stretch of Clearwater Avenue between Highway 395 and Leslie Road using public input. The grant also will help buy right of way land.

In three years, Clearwater Avenue has had 356 collisions, including some fatal accidents, according to the city. Crashes range from rear-end collisions to right angle crashes and side swipes as drivers try to move their vehicles around other cars.

For more information about this project, call 509-572-9518 or go to www.safeclearwateravenue.com.

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