Community input guides road improvements near Elma

Thanks to public feedback, the Washington State has revised a plan to help smooth traffic flow and reduce the potential for collisions at the intersection of US 12 and Schouweiler Road near Elma.

“The input we got from businesses, local residents and others was very valuable as we considered enhancements to the intersection,” said Project Engineer Ricky Bhalla. “The feedback helped us create a plan that will better serve the community.”

WSDOT presented three alternatives to the public at a December open house. Based on feedback from the community and available project funds, WSDOT intends to move forward with a hybrid solution.

The proposed intersection improvements include new acceleration lanes, new or improved deceleration lanes, and enhanced intersection lighting.

The WSDOT says the benefits should include increased sight distances for drivers, enhanced drivers’ ability to reach highway speeds before merging onto the highway, and reduced congestion for southbound Schouweiler Road drivers who are turning onto eastbound US 12.

The project is intended to go to competitive bidding this summer.

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