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Sub-committee discusses Morgan Road bottleneck

There are no easy answers, but the city of Sunnyside is exploring options to deal with a traffic bottleneck near 16th Street and Yakima Valley Highway.

During the city's Public Works Sub-Committee meeting yesterday, Monday, Councilman Jim Restucci noted Canam reported problems with its workers getting onto Yakima Valley Highway from Morgan Road.

Restucci reported that the bottleneck is especially bad when shifts at the Sunnyside company let out.

The sub-committee said ideas such as a stop sign or traffic signal at the intersection of 16th and Yakima Valley Highway would be difficult to implement because there is already a traffic signal a block away.

At the same time, members of the sub-committee recognized Canam's value and input as one of the city's larger employers.

A solution that was backed last night involved posting "do not block" signs so that motorists do not block the intersection when waiting for traffic. It is illegal for motorists stopped for traffic or a light to block intersections, and it was suggested last night that perhaps Sunnyside police could monitor and enforce that law particularly after the "do not block" signs are posted.

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