EPHRATA – Thanks in part to public feedback, State Route 28 near Ephrata has earned its stripes- or new stripes, more accurately. In May, crews will restripe nearly four miles of the highway from the north end of Ephrata to Soap Lake to accommodate left-turning traffic.
The restriping includes include a continuous, center turn lane and passing lanes in either direction. Approximately half the 3.5-mile stretch of highway will have two northbound lanes and one southbound; the other half will have one northbound lane and two southbound.
“Restriping the highway was a low-cost way to reduce the chance for collisions while still allowing drivers to get where they’re going efficiently,” said Jenenne Ring, Washington State Department of Transportation Regional Traffic Engineer.
At a public meeting in May 2011, residents had a chance to review four options for a new lane configuration and tell WSDOT which one they preferred. The new design was created with those considerations in mind. WSDOT expects to award a construction contract in March, with work likely to begin in early May. The project will be complete before Memorial Day.
Construction will occur in stages. Part of the existing striping must first be removed and replaced by temporary marks. When that’s done, the temporary marks will be replaced with the new, permanent striping, and left-turn arrows, new signs and reflective pavement markers will be installed.
The Legislature allocated funding for this and other low-cost, emergent projects in partnership with WSDOT.