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Dangerous Detours In Kennewick Have Neighbors Concerned

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A road construction project in Kennewick is designed to make traffic flow better, but for now it is causing dangerous traffic concerns for neighbors. A road construction project in Kennewick is designed to make traffic flow better, but for now it is causing dangerous traffic concerns for neighbors.
KENNEWICK, WA - A road construction project in Kennewick is designed to make traffic flow better, but for now it is causing dangerous traffic concerns for neighbors.

The intersection of 45th and Olympia in Kennewick has seen a fair share of roadwork already this year. As some of the projects take shape, they are reshaping how traffic flows. That traffic flow is now heading into dangerous territory.

When NBC Right Now visited the neighborhood multiple cars came speeding down the 25 mile per hour street. It has become more common recently during construction of the nearby roundabout at 45th and Olympia.

"We anticipated a little bit more traffic but it's been quite excessive," explained Brenda Vanderpool.

The currently gravely roundabout is a tight turn and semi truck drivers know it. Now they head down 42nd and up Kent where Vanderpool lives in what used to be a kid friendly neighborhood. She has already called the city to voice her concerns.

"I was on hold for approximately 17 minutes and then I just disconnected the call because I wasn't getting anywhere."

The Vanderpools were told they couldn’t have orange cones on their street after they tried to put a few out to slow traffic. They say they will be putting out yellow “slow down” flags when children are outside playing.

"Certainly the little children in this area ride their bikes and we try to teach them safety and to watch for cars, but at the speed that some of these vehicles are going, they wouldn't have a chance honestly if they were to pull out in front of some of these vehicles."

The Vanderpools did get in touch with Kennewick Police on Friday. They were told a traffic officer would be in contact with them and come to inspect the area. According to the family as of Monday night they were still waiting. 
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