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Less traffic expected on Queensgate and Keene Road

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RICHLAND, Wash.-- Less traffic expected on Queensgate and Keene Road. We had several viewers tell us they were stuck in traffic for a long time in Richland last night because of construction.

Richland City Officials told us Tuesday that a late start on roadwork caused Monday's delays. Construction crews didn't get off the road until six last night. They say that traffic will be much smoother from now on.

Civil Engineer Julie Nelson says "yesterday was the worst of the traffic delays that you're going to see. It is difficult with the large piece of equipment like we had in yesterday to do our grinding to try and keep two lanes of traffic open. But through the rest of the project there will be two lanes of traffic open."

Contractors began work around 4 a.m. Tuesday and paved half of the road along Queensgate and Keene road. The other half will be finished tomorrow.

Construction on the Keene Road Bridge is the third phase of construction for the City of Richland. It will be starting in a few weeks.

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