JUST ASK SHANE: Safety Concerns for Dangerous Intersection on SR-124
BURBANK, WA - A viewer has some safety concerns after a driver was injured Wednesday in another accident on State Route 124 in Walla Walla County, near the turnoff to Ice Harbor dam. Kristie sent us a facebook message saying, "I'm curious if Highway 124 has any future plans for improvement to stop all the accidents. Are they at least working to improve the section near monument road?"
The intersection Kristie is talking about is where drivers turn off SR-124 onto Monument Road to head toward Ice Harbor dam. From 2007 to 2012, there were 12 accidents on this section of the highway, including one fatality.
Because of the elevation of the railroad tracks, there are several blind spots around this intersection where drivers can't see traffic coming from the other direction. We talked with the Washington State Department of Transportation, and they tell us that they're actually planning to start construction on an overpass over the railroad tracks next summer.
"It's definitely a safety concern. That's why we're going to separate the grade with the railroad, and we will improve the sight distance. And to make it easier and safer for Monument Road traffic, we're moving that intersection more to the west of the existing intersection," said Moe Davari, project engineer with the Washington State Department of Transportation.
Davari says they've already secured the funding for the $8-million project, and construction should start next summer and be completed by the summer of 2016. This section of SR-124 will remain open to traffic while the construction work is completed.
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