Chumstick Highway safety project to begin May 8

Posted By: Public Works on April 07, 2017

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The start date for the installation of more than 300 new roadway safety signs along Chumstick Highway has been pushed back by a week.

The project will begin Monday, May 8. The starting date was postponed because the project's contractor, KRCI LLC, is completing emergency work in Okanogan County for the Washington State Department of Transportation.

The safety improvement project includes the installation of a variety of traffic signs, from speed limit and curve warning signs to school bus stop and fire station caution signs. The project will upgrade existing signs as well as install new ones.

The signs will be installed along the highway from Leavenworth (at milepost 0.11) to the top of Beaver Hill (at milepost 12.37). The project is expected to take 28 working days, with crews working 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday beginning Monday, May 8. Work is expected to begin near Leavenworth and continue toward Beaver Hill.

Motorists should expect one-lane, flagger-controlled traffic in the area where crews will be working each day. Motorists may experience minor delays of up to 15 minutes. In some areas of Chumstick Highway, a pilot car also may be used in conjunction with flaggers. Motorists are asked to please plan for the delays.

The purpose of the project is to improve traveler safety on Chumstick Highway.  Collision data from 2008 to 2015 shows road conditions such as curves, excess speed, wet and icy surfaces, and low ambient lighting contribute to a large portion of collisions on the highway, in particular collisions involving vehicles running off the road. The installation of the signs is the second phase of the project. Last summer, centerlines and wider edge lines were painted on the highway.

The $475,000 project is being paid for in large part by a grant from the federal Highway Safety Improvement Program.

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