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Traffic Causes Problems on Queensgate, City Looks for Changes

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RICHLAND, WA. -- Traffic in one area of Queensgate drive is causing headaches for drivers in Richland. The city is looking at some drastic changes. 

It's a problem that Mark Hanneman knows first hand. When mark took the Queensgate north exit off highway 182, he noticed police lights from a car accident on the overpass. He was stopped behind traffic when he was hit. 

"Suddenly I heard squealing tires. My brain said something bad is happening. Before I could even look in the rear view mirror, bang. My car spun around, my seat back collapsed." Mark shared, as he recalled the details of his accident. 

Mark had a concussion and a sprained ankle from the accident. He isn't surprised he got hit in this area. "This region is kind of a cluster. there's a lot of traffic here and unfortunately, people do not pay attention and when people do not pay attention, accidents happen. And then other people who are not paying attention have more accidents." 

We sat down with Jeff Peters from Richland Transportation Department who knows how bad the area can get. 

"I drive through there myself pretty much every day and at those same times and it can be kind of treacherous," Peters said. 

The city asked for a driving study that spanned the one mile stretch of road between Keene Road and Duportail Avenue. With a growing number of shops and restaurants, the study found changes need to be made. 

"Based on the study we need four lanes through that section when currently we have two. We've looked at signalized options and we've looked at roundabouts at those locations," said Peters. 

For Mark, he just hopes something is done before something worse happens to another driver. 

"The speed the person who hit me was going and the vulnerable position I was sitting in, I feel lucky to be alive." said Hanneman. 

The city of Richland is looking for your feedback. There is an open house scheduled on Thursday from 4:30-7:00pm at the administration building at 2700 Duportail Street.