Adam Orozco, an employee of Premier Excavation of Pasco, pokes his head out of a manhole cover Monday while applying grout around seams and to underground pipes of a new storm drain and dry well on the new section of Steptoe Street near West Fourth Avenue in Kennewick.
The work is part of a $6 million project that includes road widening, full road reconstruction, curb and gutter work, sidewalk installation, storm drainage and lighting.
The new road features two lanes in each direction and a center turn lane to 10th Avenue, where it ends at a new roundabout.
The roundabout connects with Clodfelter Road.
Clodfelter Road from Clearwater Avenue to the Five Corners area has been renamed Steptoe Street.
The new road is at least one week away from opening to traffic, according to Evelyn Lusignan, public relations and customer service manager for Kennewick.
Lusignan reminds motorists to still use the detours that are in place because of safety concerns for crews completing the final stages of work.