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Improvements set for Washout Rd.

Citing a history of repeated motor vehicle accidents, Yakima County will spend $20,000 to install warning signs and flashing beacons at the intersection of Washout Road and Independence Road.

"It's primarily been a problem of failure to yield the right-of-way," said Vern Redifer, the county's public works director. He said the new sign and lights will complement the two-way stop already in place at the intersection.

"We're trying to get the traveling public to be aware of the stop sign there," said Redifer.

The signs and flashing beacons have gone out to bid, and Redifer estimates it will take about two months for the improvements to be in place.

Redifer said Washout Road is one of many stop sign intersections the county wants to highlight.

"We have a program up and running to address some of the roadways, especially in Lower County," he said.

He said the warning beacons and extra signs, similar to those installed on Midvale Road, have proven to be effective in increasing traffic safety.

"It's an attempt to elevate the protection levels at those intersections," said Redifer.

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