The near-daily traffic nightmare on state Route 410 – where afternoon traffic backs up into Enumclaw as motorists crawl toward Buckley – is getting a bit of relief.
The number of vehicles has overwhelmed the highway’s capacity, but the state’s Department of Transportation is making an effort to distribute some vehicles a bit quicker.
The DOT is making two changes to the busy stretch of pavement on the Buckley side of the White River:
• work crews will add 200 feet to the left-turn pocket on westbound SR 410 at Park Avenue;
• workers will stripe a two-way left-turn lane at the intersection of SR 410 and Cemetery Road.
The changes will cause some short-term restricted travel during overnight hours, creating a delay for drivers passing through the area. From 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, to 6 a.m. Friday, crews will reduce the highway to one alternating lane at both the Park Avenue and Cemetery Road intersections.
“Both changes will increase the storage capacity for turning vehicles, which will improve traffic flow and decrease the potential for collisions,” according to a DOT press release.
In the event of inclement weather the work will be rescheduled.