Parents are going to have an easier time dropping off and picking up their kids from the new Desert Hills Middle School in Kennewick by the end of this week.
The section of South Clodfelter Road in front of the school is reopening Thursday.
Drivers have been using a detour since construction crews closed the road between Ridgeline Drive and the five-corners roundabout intersection of 10th Avenue and Steptoe Street on Oct. 17 for paving.
The work is part of a bigger project to create a loop around the city by connecting highways 240 with 395. The $11 million project started in 2012.
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Construction crews from Spokane-based Inland Asphalt Co. began the last piece of the project in August.
“We’re excited about (the project),” said Evelyn Lusignan, the city’s public relations and customer service manager. “I know a lot of our residents and businesses think it’s a big deal.”
An initial layer of asphalt, sidewalks and temporary stripes will be in place when the new section of roadway reopens, but some work remains.
Construction crews are going to return to install street lights in December and to apply a final layer of asphalt in the spring.
The city will close the road when the final layer of asphalt is placed on the roadway, Lusignan said.