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Open House Shows Off Design Alternatives for Safe Clearwater Project

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KENNEWICK, WA.-  The City of Kennewick is working with drivers and business owners along a five mile stretch of Clearwater to help to address safety concerns at eight problematic intersections.

The city presented two alternatives to address safety concerns Wednesday night to the public during an open house to gather feedback.

One intersection they are looking at is Highway 395 and Clearwater.

If you are a Starbucks or Gold's Gym regular, you may find it is hard to exit left out of the shopping plaza out onto Clearwater.

The city came up with two alternatives for that particular intersection near Highway 395 and Clearwater.  One option is to not allow drivers to make a left turn out on Clearwater. 

After feedback from area business owners, the alternative is to use the service entrance near the cellular store to allow traffic in and out, leaving the current exit as right turn only.

The Public Involvement Facilitator for the project Lisa Schauer said, " It's about compromise. It's about finding which alternative may work the best to achieve the safety goals and the business goals. So, we think that perhaps the first alternative that doesn't allow for any left turns out is just going to be too much of a hurt to those businesses."

Next, the city plans to put together a final plan and open house, then take those final comments to the city council for voting.

The other intersections off of Clearwater they're working on are 10th Avenue, Columbia Center Boulevard, Edison, Arthur, Union, Morain, and Johnson Streets.