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Concerns Prompt City To Keep Streets Safer During Road Work

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There is good news for residents near 45th and Olympia as the City of Kennewick works to keep traffic safe during construction. There is good news for residents near 45th and Olympia as the City of Kennewick works to keep traffic safe during construction.
KENNEWICK, WA – There is good news for residents near 45th and Olympia as the City of Kennewick works to keep traffic safe during construction.

Officers told Brenda Vanderpool that after they saw her speak with NBC Right Now about her concerns, they sent out a traffic officer with a machine to monitor the flow of traffic on her street. There have been more cars and trucks coming through to avoid the now gravely roundabout on 45th and Olympia that is under construction.

"They found a pretty excessive number of vehicles went through. They told me their report showed 829 vehicles in a 24 hour period," explained Vanderpool. "I've noticed a police presence in the area and I think that's helped slow people down. They've worked a lot of traffic in this area. I'm not sure if they've given tickets but they've been in the area and visible which I think has helped."

Even some of her neighbors agreed that their street has been somewhat quieter. Vanderpool says the city even made sure to contact businesses that use the area for transportation and made sure they had alternate routes for their big semi-trucks to avoid the neighborhoods. That is good news for parents with small kids.

"Of course we try to monitor them when they're out playing but there's always that opportunity for someone to dart out in the street."

Vanderpool explains why she originally wanted to voice her concerns is to make certain that measures were taken to keep South Kent Street safe.

"I realize that we have to get where we need to go but at the same time, just be aware of all the children that are out playing. That's my heart is to just keep them safe while they're enjoying their summertime."

The VanderpBanderolseen watching the street this week and they say since our first story about their concerns they have not seen a single semi-truck come through their neighborhood. 
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