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SR 240 Exits Closing

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RICHLAND, Wash. - Some major freeway ramps are closing starting this weekend. The Washington State Department of Transportation is closing both Interstate 182 on-ramps near the Yakima River Bridge for seven days.

Once crews finishing working on the I-182 on-ramps they're going to close access to George Washington Way from State Route 240. Here's how the closures will work: 

Starting this Saturday at 6:30 in the morning, construction crews will close both SR 240 on-ramps to I-182. That means you can't get to Pasco or West Richland from the 240, from October 14th to the 21st.

On the 21st, crews will reopen the on-ramps and close access from the 240 to George Washington Way. Crews will work that ramp from October 21st to November 1st.

Workers understand it will probably make a mess of your commute, but workers said that's their motivation to get this job done as fast as possible.

"From sunrise to sundown they'll be working out there. We also have worked with our contractors to be out there on the weekends," said Project Engineer Moe Davari, Washington State Dept. of Transportation.   

With the I-182 on-ramps closed all week, City of Richland officials anticipate a lot extra drivers on George Washington Way. But they said they're ready for all the excess traffic.

"We've been making an extra effort notifying our businesses directly located in the Columbia Point area to let them know that they'll be impacted directly with increased traffic," said Trisha Herron, City of Richland, Business & Tourism Development Specialist  

Richland workers said Friday they plan to open two lanes of traffic in both directions. You can make a U-turn at labeled intersections. DOT workers said when it's all over, the smooth drive will be worth the wait.

"We're going to double the number of lanes that are out there now, or has been out there, from four from Richland and the Richland Y will go up to eight lanes," said Davari.   

DOT plans to finish the 240 completely late next spring. The good news is, during this phase, the exits for Columbia Park Trail will re-open again.