Oregon Avenue (SR-397) is a key north-south City roadway linking I-182, US 395, and US 12 with developing industrial areas and the Port of Pasco. In early 2013 the City Council authorized the design and corridor study of Oregon Avenue Project, from I-182 to Ainsworth Avenue. The design will include road widening, traffic signal installations on a number of key intersections and safety improvements.
The existing roadway has two travel lanes in each direction and is bound by both developed and vacant properties on both sides. Sixteen public street intersections and two at-grade railroad crossings are located within the corridor.
The City of Pasco is planning to widen the existing four-lane roadway to provide a five-lane section that offers a center two way left turn lane to accommodate turning movements. The City anticipates that vacant properties along the corridor will be developed to host additional industrial businesses in the foreseeable future and seeks to design the corridor improvements in a manner that safely and efficiently facilitates truck and employee movements. The corridor carries a higher percentage of trucks than the rest of the City. There are a large number of recorded accidents in the past five years, including a number of fatal accidents.
To date the City has held three open houses regarding this project to present the project concepts, results of initial traffic analyses and to seek public input. During the third open house, details of the design improvements were presented and discussed, prior to development of final design for construction.
If you need more information on this project, please call the Public Works Admin office at (509) 543-5738.