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George Washington Way Expansion Phase 3

RICHLAND, Wash. - Orange cones are moving on George Washington Way. Richland construction workers said they're now ready to move on to the next phase of expanding the street.

Crews have ripped up and re-paved the West side of George Washington Way for the past three weeks. Starting Monday workers will move cones over a couple feet and start tearing up the East side. That means from Monday through the end of July, cars in both directions will scoot over and drive on the newly paved portion between Columbia Point Drive and Bradley Boulevard.

The city originally planned for crews to rip up the intersection at Jadwin Avenue for the next six weeks, but it realized construction there would probably cause big headaches for drivers during the boat races.

"Things work on paper, and then reality hits and you just have to roll with it," said Trish Kirk, Richland Business & Tourism Development Specialist.    

When crews finish the phase in three weeks, they will begin working on the Jadwin intersection. The city plans to keep access to Thayer Drive closed from Aaron the entire time, so cars coming from Wellsian Way have a free right turn to get out of the city.

If you want to find out the latest detours call the Richland hotline at 942-7738.