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240 Ramps Reopen

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RICHLAND, Wash.- The eastbound ramps to State Route 240 from Interstate-182 and the SR-240 bypass are open.

Weather delayed the reopening until rush hour as crews struggled to put the final touches on it.

Rain and wind prevented crews from striping the highway, and when the rain didn't let up, crews decided to reopen anyways.

Late Monday afternoon the Department of Transportation decided to temporarily put up orange barrels so that they could reopen the road.

They still have to paint the lines, which could force them to reclose it for a short time, but they say, they're just waiting for mother nature to cooperate.

"We don't want to rush this thing and open it up to traffic if it is not safe. Last thing we want is for somebody to get hurt out here, that's why we're holding back," said Moe Davari, Project Engineer with the Washington Department of Transportation. 

Crews said without striping on the road, and all the construction, drivers may not know where to go, which could create confusion at high speeds, that's why the left it closed to long.

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