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Funding Almost Complete for Oregon Avenue Project in Pasco

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PASCO, WA - Funding is almost complete for a much needed road project in Pasco.

The improvements should make driving safer on Oregon Avenue after studies showed there were too many accidents in the area.

Several businesses on Oregon Ave. say they are excited to hear the funding is almost complete, they say they are tried of hearing those screeching sounds from accidents right in front of their businesses. 

They say they are hearing less of it though since the city lowered the speed limit and expanded the length of at least one turning lane.

Joe Killmer, Western Integrated Technologies Branch Manager says he is excited to see some changes. 

"Yeah some turn lanes especially up at the "S curve", some turn lanes up there like I said before getting off the freeway and traffic coming from the North, people try to take a left there to go to the rental yards it is kind of hairy in the mornings," he said. 

So far they have made a couple temporary fixes to improve safety and added Idaho Avenue for better access.

The whole project will cost around $6 million.

The city received a $4.2 million grant from the Transportation Improvement Board and just this year another $1 million grant from the highway safety fund.

City of Pasco Public Works Director Ahmad Qayoumi says they are almost there.

"Just another million dollars, which we're trying to see if we can fund that through city funds and that's one thing we're looking at right now but our goal is no matter what to start construction," Qayoumi said. 

The Public Works Department says they will start construction Oregon Avenue by the end of the year.