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DOT adding more traction to Hwy. 395 south of Blue Bridge

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KENNEWICK, Wash.--  The Washington State Department of Transportation is adding traction to the surface of Highway 395 near the Blue Bridge again.

Crews will be out the next two weeks grinding the pavement and putting in a new drainage system.  The WSDOT says this is needed because of the continued high number of accidents in the area, especially on rainy days.  Engineers say the traction is up to standards, but drivers are speeding and that's what is causing most of the crashes.  Moe Davari, Project Engineer with WSDOT, explains that even though it's not an engineering problem, "We are going to take another action out there, just to see again, what we can do to make it even safer and improve the surface texture out there, on the pavement for better traction or better friction."  

Davari says since the project was completed and grooving added by the contractor in February, the number of crashes has gone down 60% and  number of injury accidents is down by 70%.

Davari and troopers want to remind drivers the speed limit on the stretch of Highway 395 south of the Blue Bridge is 45 miles per hour and slower if it's raining.

This week, the week of June 14th, northbound Highway 395 will be down to one lane overnight from 7:00pm to 6:00am.  Next week, you may experience some delays overnight in the northbound lanes.