YAKIMA, WA.--A big construction project affecting drivers from Selah to Union Gap is wrapping up this week.
Drivers will start to notice traffic cones coming down along that five mile stretch of Interstate 82.
For the past three to four months, crews have been tearing off the top layer of roadway and re-paving all four lanes in both directions. WSDOT said drivers will now enjoy smoother asphalt and brighter lane markings, making the roadway safer and future repairs less expensive.
The department said 45,000 vehicles use that stretch of freeway every day and it's extremely important to maintain.
"It's important for us to go in and re-pave every 12 to 15 years, that's really what we did here," said Troy Suing, the Assistant Regional Administrator for the Washington State Department of Transportation. "If we wait any longer than that, it can actually cost us more to actually keep up and maintain the same stretch of roadway."
Crews also re-paved the ramps at the Yakima Avenue and I-82 interchange. WSDOT said the 3.8 million dollar project is finishing on time and didn't go over budget.