Columbia Center Boulevard is one of the busiest roads in the Tri-Cities. Roughly 30,000 cars go up and down it daily. Kennewick wants to not only improve safety on Columbia Center, but keep cars flowing.
The city will spend $500,000 from a federal safety grant to make it happen. This includes a new crosswalk on Quinault Avenue near the Red Lobster, as well as a new turning lane into the mall. Plus, a new traffic light will go in at Rio Grande, near the strip mall with T.J. Maxx.
All this work will include some delays and closures.
"I live in Pasco, so it takes me about 15 minutes to get to work, and it would take me a lot longer if I wasn't able to take Columbia Center Boulevard," Laycee Weier said.
Kennewick expects closures to inside travel lanes. Drivers also won't be able to turn onto Canal from the northbound lanes of Columbia Center during the first few weeks of the project. Frank Brazil isn't concerned about finding a detour.
"There's a couple roundabout ways I can also take also," said Brazil.
KEPR has also reported Kennewick's intend to retime signals that could cut your travel time by three to five minutes for a trip from Columbia Center onto Clearwater Avenue.
"I'll check it out probably the first few times, but if I get stuck and it makes me late, then I'll look for an alternate route," said Brazil.
Work begins Tuesday. The project should take until June.
If you can avoid the work on Columbia Center, you can still get into the mall from Quinault or Center Parkway.