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Design Plans to Help Traffic Congestion on Road 68 in Pasco

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PASCO, Wash. - The City of Pasco has been working on plans to improve traffic flow on Road 68. The City estimates that 50,000 vehicles use Road 68 every day and that number is only expected to grow.

The City held a second public forum on the project Wednesday night and business owners got to say their peace. The main focus was a change to traffic signals, they will soon communicate with each other to keep cars moving.

The City is also going to put in raised medians, blocking some left hand turn like Pasco's only UPS store.

"Right now we have driveways and center turns lanes. Anybody can go anywhere and as the traffic grows there's more chances people will have accidents and that's what the history of accidents says," said Public Workers Director Ahmad Qayoumi.

"Loud noises. And it is things like this, this is why we can't have people trying to get here through the back door. We're surrounded by semis and big trucks and that's great, we love to see commerce and businesses and give people jobs and provide great service. But we have to be able to have people get here," said Randy Barnes with UPS.

However, the City is more than happy to work with people like Barnes, and the left hand turn into his business will be left alone for at least a year.

The project should begin later this year.

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