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Safety Issues at A Street & Highway 12

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PASCO, Wash. - If you live or work near "A" street in Pasco you know turning at the Highway 12 intersection can be quite intimidating. Sometimes you need quick reflexes just to maneuver around oncoming cars.

When you have big rigs trying to cross a steady flow of 60 mile-an-hour traffic, people at the Pasco-Highway 12 Safety Alliance claim it's just an accident waiting to happen.

The Alliance wants to see a full size on-ramp down there, so cars can safely get on and off the highway.

Now, you've got to slam on the gas to get past speeding semi-trucks.

With Pasco getter bigger the problem isn't going away. The Alliance wants either the Washington State Legislature or the Department of Transportation to find the funds the make the intersection safer.

"One of these days there's going to be a major accident down there, and a lot of people are going to wonder why something wasn't done. We're trying to get ahead of this now and say let's get this thing started now. It's time," said Patrick Boss, Consultant to the Pasco-Highway 12 Safety Alliance.

The Alliance estimates an overpass may cost between $7 to 12 million.