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Traffic projects begin

Road construction expected to slow Omak, Okanogan

— Traffic will be slowed in several locations this week as a region-wide state pavement project gets going in earnest.

A second project, in Omak and Okanogan, got under way Monday.

Motorists can expect delays of up to 20 minutes Thursday on U.S. Highway 97 from milepost 260 at the state Highway 173 intersection in Brewster to milepost 286 at the state Highway 20 intersection in Okanogan.

Crews are placing fog sealing over new hot mix asphalt patches.

Flaggers will direct traffic.

The work is part of a $15.5 million project to make improvements to 10 highways in five counties of Eastern Washington.

In the same project, similar delays are expected through Friday on state Highway 20 east of Tonasket from milepost 261 to milepost 266.

Hot mix asphalt patches will be applied.

On state Highway 20 over Loup Loup Pass, mileposts 209-227, delays and flaggers will direct traffic through Friday while a crew digs out, repairs and patches damaged spots in the driving lanes.

On Wednesday only, flaggers and 20-minute delays are expected on state Highway 173 from the intersection with U.S. Highway 97 northeast of Brewster to Bridgeport, mileposts 128-144. Fog sealing is planned.

The same day, delays and flaggers are expected on U.S. Highway 97 north of Tonasket, from milepost 314 to milepost 326, while a crew patches holes.

Through Friday, crack sealing is planned on state Highway 174 from Leahy Junction to Grand Coulee, milepost zero to milepost 21. Delays and flaggers are anticipated.

At the same time, work began Monday on a summer-long project to repave state Highway 215 through Okanogan and Omak and a portion of state Highway 155 in Omak.

An open house is planned for 5:30-7 p.m. today, Wednesday, to explain the project. The open house is planned in the Department of Transportation office at 28862 U.S. Highway 97.

A quorum of the Okanogan City Council may attend the meeting, the city said Monday.

Through Thursday, people can expect shoulder closures and pedestrian detours were crews are upgrading sidewalks, installing lighting foundation and repairing minor drain issues at the curb lines, beginning in Okanogan.

The $3.2 million project includes sidewalk upgrades to meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards.

Granite Northwest of Okanogan is doing the work.

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