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Highway 12 road construction in Burbank

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BURBANK, Wash.-- Last March, construction started on two over passes on Highway 12 in Burbank where collisions and fatal accidents are common. The project is designed to make driving safer.

After living in Burbank for 24 years, Rick Safford remembers that "the single highway was a nightmare out here. Everybody was getting rear ended."

In March of 2011, the Department of Transportation started a project to get rid of the intersections at Humorist Road and Highway 124 and to build over passes.

Safford Burbank says, "the big semis have a hard time stopping. The light changes so fast they're going 60-70 miles an hour."

According to Alex Sanguino of the Department of Transportation, "just taking out these two intersections, it eliminates all the cross movements between those slow speeds and the high speed zone on s.r. 12."

Since the project started, the over passes have been built, the on ramps are almost finished, and the finishing touches of paint and extra concrete is all that is left. Not only is this project cosmetic, but it also saves lives.

According to Washington State Patrol, at the two intersections, there were eight collisions last year. In 2010, there were nine collisions and one person was killed.

The DOT says that the $22 million dollar project should be finished by July. Work crews went on a winter shut down but are expected back next week.