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Section of MLK Boulevard Closes Monday

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YAKIMA, Wash.--Starting Monday, construction crews will officially close down Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Yakima to begin work on the underpass project.

The closure will be between 1st Avenue and 1st Street, lasting until late summer or early fall of next year.

Drivers are encouraged to use 5th Avenue as a detour to reach the downtown area. The project is designed to improve safety, reduce exhaust emissions and improve response time for emergency responders.