Thursday, September 29, 2005
The intersections where Edison Avenue, Factory Road and Sheller Road come together with State Route 241 are about to get a little safer thanks to a partnership between Yakima County and the Washington State Department of Transportation (DOT).
Gary Ekstedt with Yakima County explained that as that State Route 241 is a state highway, DOT is the agency that keeps track of accident statistics along the stretch of roadway. Ekstedt said it was complaints from several local business owners along State Route 241 that prompted Yakima County to get ahold of DOT to figure out what could be done to make the intersections safer.
Ekstedt said when Yakima County got together with DOT and a traffic engineer they found that the intersections with 241 qualified for additional safety measures.
As a result of the combined meeting, Ekstedt said DOT will be installing new, larger stop signs at the intersections where Edison Avenue, Factory Road and Sheller Road meet State Route 241. DOT will also be installing additional stop ahead signs.
Ekstedt said the county will step up and install new rumble strips at each of the intersections. He said rumble strips help alert drivers that a stop sign is ahead.