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SR-397 Construction on Schedule

PASCO, Wash. - Construction on State Route 397 in Pasco has forced truckers to take a detour, but when it is finished, it will be much easier to get cargo through the area.

SR-397 is one of the main trucking routes through Washington and provides vital access to the Port of Pasco, but it has been closed since January 9. 

Construction crews are building an overpass at Ainsworth to relieve congestion caused by the 40 or more trains a day that pass through the area.  So far, crews have finished the walls that will support the bridge, but there's still a lot of work to get done

"They're pouring the deck on the bridge, the concrete on the bridge next Tuesday, and then have to finish the roadway going up to the bridge on each side," said Tim Johnson, the project's manager. 

The highway isn't set to reopen until September, but Johnson believes they will be finished even sooner.

Until then, drivers must take the detour a few blocks North.