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Yakima Avenue Seeing More Cars During MLK Underpass Project

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- With construction on the Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard Underpass in full swing, some of you may have noticed increased traffic along Yakima Avenue.

City street crews say there's roughly a few thousand more cars traveling down Yakima Ave everyday.

The street is marked as a detour during the project which has led to the increase.

To keep traffic moving, crews have been adjusting the signal timing in the area.

"It's about the only option we have there, is to try to work with the signal timing to get traffic to flow as best we can. We're monitoring it on a nearly daily basis," said Joe Rosenlund, Streets and Traffic Operations Manager.

The MLK Underpass project is expected to take around a year and a half, so people should be prepared for the increased traffic to last.

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