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Car Accidents Delaying Naches River Construction

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YAKIMA, Wash-WSDOT has successfully redirected the Naches River but now they face other challenges.

WSDOT works close to the highway and when drivers aren't paying attention it causes problems for both drivers and workers.

Two car accidents happened this morning next to the construction.  Construction was slightly delayed because of the accidents.

They are now asking you to slow down through the construction zone. 

"We really need people to be alert, hang up the phone, pay attention," said Mike Westbay Communications Manager.

Even with the delay the DOT is ahead of schedule.  They have already redirected the river and are now opening up a dam between the new channel and the existing channel.  They will then slowly release the water into the new channel. 

You can check for construction alerts and travel delays by going to the KNDO website and clicking on-air links.  It will direct you to the WSDOT website.