PROSSER -- Seems like just yesterday that Prosser got its first stoplights in 50 years.
Now, there's talk of roundabouts.
City engineers and the state Department of Transportation are discussing options for improving safety at the intersection of Wine Country, Gap and Merlot roads near Exit 80 of Interstate 82.
That's the dicey, congested corner near the Horse Heaven Hills truck stop with Starbucks, McDonald's, hotels and most of the city's tourist-attracting wineries. There's also a rest area nearby.
Authorities have had the issue on the back burner for years.
City officials plan either a series of traffic lights for roughly $1.4 million or a roundabout at about $1.8 million for the intersection, according to a weekly update from City Administrator Charlie Bush.
Whatever they decide, the transportation department plans to eventually add two more of the same to the freeway exits, Bush said.
That means this town of 5,100 residents is in store for three more stoplights or three roundabouts.
Engineers plan to discuss the issue with the Prosser City Council at the regularly scheduled July 13 meeting.
According to unofficial city history, Prosser had its only stoplight removed more than 50 years ago.
Then in 2004, two new ones were installed on Wine Country Road at each end of the Yakima River bridge as part of a $12.7 million upgrade.