KENNEWICK -- Three major road projects are expected to cause delays and detours in the Tri-Cities this summer.
The Washington state Department of Transportation plans to repave Highway 395 between its intersection with Interstate 82 and Kennewick Avenue, said Michael Adams, who will be the department's project inspector.
The project includes replacing road signs, cache basins and some guardrails and repaving the ramps at Highway 395 and I-82.
The department plans to open bids for the work Wednesday and start the project sometime in June. Adams said one-lane closures will take place between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. during the slightly more than two-month project.
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Drivers may experience delays or detours during the paving of intersections, Adams said. The $2 million to $2.5 million project is funded through state gas taxes and federal money.
The Department of Transportation also plans to repave portions of highways 224 and 240 in West Richland and Richland, Adams said.
Crews will repave Highway 224 -- better known as Van Giesen Street -- from where the highway connects with Highway 240 to the West Richland Post Office.
Crews also will repave Highway 240 from its intersection with Stevens Drive to its intersection with Hagen Road-Robertson Drive. Crews will add a right-hand turn lane on Swift Boulevard where it intersects 240.
The department plans to open bids for the project April 20 and start the majority of work in July. Drivers can expect one-lane closures from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. during the two-month project.
The $1 million project is funded through state gas taxes and federal dollars, Adams said.
Later this summer, the Department of Transportation will be replacing a girder on the Court Street bridge that was damaged in January when a semi-truck hauling tall construction equipment on Highway 395 struck the bridge's support girders.
The department plans to open bids for that project May 4, Adams said. He expects the work to start at the beginning of August and last a little more than two months.
One lane will be closed on Court Street during the project, Adams said.
The $1 million project will be paid for through federal money set aside for road emergencies. The Department of Transportation is seeking reimbursement through the insurer of the semi-truck, Adams said.