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Deadly Roadway In Pasco Getting Safer Upgrades

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Deadly crashes and accidents on South Oregon Avenue in Pasco have made some of the people who drive the roadway every day feel unsafe. Deadly crashes and accidents on South Oregon Avenue in Pasco have made some of the people who drive the roadway every day feel unsafe.
PASCO, WA - Deadly crashes and accidents on South Oregon Avenue in Pasco have made some of the people who drive the roadway every day feel unsafe.

The city has already started working to fix this. It's the section of South Oregon Ave from I-182 all the way down to East Ainsworth where semi-trucks are bringing in shipments to the industrial area. Already the speed limit on that stretch has been reposted from 45 to 40 miles per hour.

Currently the four lanes out there do not include a fifth turn lane in every spot. The plan is to widen the road to add that lane. The city points to the handful of accidents and fatal incidents on the roadway as reason enough that something needs to be changed. The people who work at Pacific Steel say their intersection on Oregon Ave has seen its share of accidents.

"We've had a school bus get hit out here turning onto the road. We've had numerous...we hear screech noises daily of pulling out," said Mark McMillian who has even gone out with a yellow vest to help direct traffic after some of these accidents in the past.

With many empty lots along the road the city believes more businesses will pop up in those spots and that means more traffic. After traffic studies and working with Washington's Department of Transportation, Pasco is already planning how to continue their safety efforts in that area. 
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