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Four Lane Expansion on Highway 12

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TOUCHET, Wash.-- Wednesday night the public got a closer look at what the expansion of Highway 12 will look like.

Engineers say phase six of this project will include road construction from the Frenchtown vicinity to Walla Walla. Right now that part of the highway is only two lanes wide and will eventually become four, with four intersections and one interchange.

Engineers say the construction will affect some of the property around the area, but as far as traffic goes there's not much to worry about.

"Traffic delays, you'll have some in some locations like at the very start of the project near the Frenchtown Monument and also at the very end of the project near Pine street but other than that traffic will move pretty freely," said Kerry Grant, Design Project Engineer, with the Washington State Department of Transportation.

Right now D.O.T. is still looking for contractors to go through with the project. They hope to have one by mid February and construction to begin in the Spring.

They expect this part of the expansion to be completed in two years. Engineers also say the main goal is to improve safety, given the high number of accidents and head-on collisions seen around the area.