Thursday, May 06, 2021

Construction to delay traffic on four Grant County routes

| May 4, 2021 1:00 AM

Heavy roadwork this week means encumbered routes in Grant County.

From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, expect flagger controlled delays of up to 20 minutes on state Route 170, between mileposts 2 and 4, west of Warden. Central Washington Asphalt, Inc. is sealing cracks, repairing potholes and chipsealing.

From 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day through Thursday, travelers can also find Central Washington Asphalt, inc. on state Route 26, between mileposts 18 and 32, east of Royal City, doing similar work. As such, similar delays are to be expected.

This repair work is part of the 2021 Strategic Pavement Preservation project. This season, the target areas for repair are U.S. Route 2, between mileposts 78 and 90, state Route 17, between mileposts 42 and 51, state Route 24, between mileposts 43 and 63, U.S. Route 97A, between mileposts 236 and 240 and state Route 17, between mileposts 0 and 18. Parts of these projects have been completed.

A smaller project will take place on state Route 17, at milepost 49, south

of Moses Lake, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, where a Grant County PUD utility crew is replacing a roadside conductor. This will mean intermittent flagger-controlled delays up to 10 minutes.

Finally, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day through Friday, a contractor will be between mileposts 148 and 165 on Interstate 90, east of George, to plane and pave the roadway with hot mix asphalt. The resurfacing here will prolong the roadway’s life and provide a smoother surface. Expect lane closures and reduced speed where the contractor is repairing.

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Central Washington Asphalt, Inc. will remain between State Route 26 mileposts, east of Royal City, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Thursday. Delays are expected.