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Oregon Avenue Improvements Get Final Public Say

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PASCO, Wash. - A third and final open house on the Oregon Avenue improvement project was held Thursday.

A total of 171 accidents have occurred on the road in the last five years. Including one fatal crash Monday at the intersection of James Street. A man was killed when he was speeding and hit the side of a semi-truck.

City leaders said that intersection is one of the more dangerous spots.

"Between the intersection and the interchange it's very short so with the high speed it is very hard to maneuver. So that's one thing we want to make sure we can address with that study and improvements," said Pasco Public Works Director Ahmad Qayoumi.

WSDOT estimates 9,000-15,000 vehicles travel along the Oregon Avenue corridor every day. 15% of the traffic is semi-trucks which carry 7.7 million tons of cargo through there every year.

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