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Construction begins on new State Route 410

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NEAR NACHES, Wash. --  Washington State Department of Transportation crews have started preliminary work on rebuilding a stretch of State Route 410, this week.

In 2009, a landslide wiped out a quarter-mile stretch of the highway near Naches. Since then drivers have been using an emergency route built by WSDOT crews.

Lead field engineer Corie Henke says work on the $9.3 million Nile Valley Reconstruction Project began on Thursday.

Crews were out Friday adding large rocks along the Naches River where the new route will be built, to help secure the riverbanks. They'll be working on this part of the project for about two more weeks.

"The reason we're trying to get this done early is so that the high waters that are coming at us here in the next month and a half, don't erode the bank away, and put us in the condition that we'd be working in the river. We don't want to do that," explained Henke.

Henke says once the water levels recede in June, they'll begin the major portion of the construction project.

Several buildings are slated to be removed from the flood plain, including a blue building once used as a church.

Dennis Sveen, a Nile Valley resident for over 50 years, says he's glad the construction project is underway.

"We're anxious to get it over here where it belongs, so we can have our private road back, county road back. Traffic won't be so bad," Sveen said.

Approximately 1400 drivers use SR 410 each day, according to DOT leaders.

"We will put traffic back onto the SR 410 route when we're completed," Henke said. "It should be completed by October of this coming year."

DOT and contractor Apollo, Incorporated of Kennewick will build the new route along the toe of the landslide.

In addition to building a new route, DOT crews will add new turn pockets and lighting at the intersection of Nile Loop Road and SR 410.

The public will be able to learn more about the reconstruction project at an Open House on March 27th from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Nile Valley Community Church, located at 60 Bedrock Lane in Naches.