Like many in Richland, Julie Nelson has driven through a sea of orange cones and signs on George Washington Way on her way to work every day since the construction project began.
But Nelson doesn't forget about the construction when she gets to work. She's the project manager for Richland.
"Traffic is usually moving pretty good, but at lunchtime and on Friday -- during the farmers markets -- things can get bogged down," she said.
Nelson said drivers should use caution when moving through the work zone -- advice many drivers haven't been following, Richland police say.
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Captain Mike Cobb told the Herald on Monday that the Richland Police Department has issued 114 tickets between June 1 and July 5 for violations in the construction zone.
Ninety-eight violations were for failures to obey traffic control devices, he said.
Most of those violations involved making illegal turns, especially the left turn from George Washington Way to Swift Boulevard, which has been blocked for construction.
"It's unfortunate because I know motorists want to turn like they usually do," Nelson said.
Other violations included cell-phone use and tailgating.
The violations make the construction area highly unsafe, Cobb said.
"In a construction area, there are so many things to distract drivers as it is," he said.
Distracted drivers have slower reaction times, increasing the risk of accidents when other drivers don't follow signs and signals.
"Our fear also is injury to the workers in the area," Cobb said.
The department has five officers who can patrol the construction area -- three on the Traffic Safety Unit and two assigned to the general district. They've been asked to emphasize their patrols in the construction area.
In two weeks, the construction on the northbound lane will end, beginning the southbound construction, which should end in September, Nelson said.
During the southbound construction, George Washington Way will have a similar traffic configuration.