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City Receives Dozens of Complaints Over West Valley Road Work

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YAKIMA, Wash.- Dozens of neighbors complained about new road work in West Valley. The road work starts at the 72nd Avenue and Summitview Avenue intersection.

Summitview Avenue changed from four lanes down to only three, one lane each way and one for left turns. City employees say this road was notorious for cars getting rear-ended.

"That left turn lane makes it a haven a safer spot to make those maneuvers," said Joe Rosenlund. 

That's what this change is trying to achieve, safety, but neighbors aren't buying it.

"It's making traffic slow even more to turn right so right now I don't see any benefit from where it was before," said Duane Rike, a concerned neighbor. 

New construction also added a second left turn lane to 72nd Avenue and Summitview Avenue, to reduce heavy traffic and build up.

"With Walmart coming in, projection was that traffic was going to increase even more," said Rosenlund.

Neighbors say so many changes in such a short time, with little notice, left many drivers confused.

"Trying to turn into right lane into 72nd pinching off cars in the other lane so that been really chaotic," said Rike.

While the lane changes have left drivers confused the loose gravel has also made a mess of it's own, both on the road and on the sidewalk.

Signs are posted reminding people to drive 20 miles an hour. Gravel is expected to be cleaned up over the next week. As for painting the lanes and finalizing the changes, city employees are holding off.

"If city council decides, we may not change it, depending on what they hear from the citizens," said Rosenlund.

Otherwise, these lanes will be painted over in the next few weeks.
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