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New SR-397 Ainsworth Overpass Opens

PASCO, Wash.- The new overpass at State Route 397 and Ainsworth Avenue in Pasco is finished.

About 40 trains a day pass through that area, and now, traffic won't have to stop when they go through.

The overpass was dedicated at a ceremony Thursday in Pasco.

It will be called the Charles Kilbury overpass in honor of the former Pasco Mayor. Representatives from around the state were at the ceremony.

The road provides vital access to the Port of Pasco and it's also a main trucking route between Washington and Oregon, and now, things will run smoothly.

"We hope that his is a good project that provides a safer community for you, and also better access to your, you know to your homes, and to your families," said Jim Toomey, Commissioner of the Port of Pasco. 

The road has been closed for the last eight months, forcing drivers to detour around and still cross the railroad tracks.

The project came in right on schedule.