Commuters, residents, and businesses, will have an in-person opportunity to learn more about a proposed roundabout and other improvements to help reduce the potential for collisions and improve mobility on US 12 between Rochester and Oakville.
The Washington State Department of Transportation will host an open house Thursday, Aug. 4th to provide an overview of the proposed improvements. WSDOT is exploring alternatives to reduce the potential for collisions at the intersection of US 12 and Anderson Road as well as the nearby intersection of US 12 and Moon Road.
WSDOT officials will be on hand to discuss proposed improvements to US 12 at two intersections. One proposal is for building a roundabout at the intersection of US 12 and Anderson Road. The second would make changes in the way drivers access the intersection of US 12 and Moon Road.
5 – 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4
Chehalis Tribal Center Community Center Gathering Room
461 Secena Road, Oakville
The event presents opportunities to talk with agency staff and provide input. No formal presentation will be provided; rather, attendees are free to come at their convenience during the event.
A proposal from WSDOT would build a modern roundabout at this location. Unlike building a new traffic signal, a modern roundabout offers a cost-effective traffic solution that helps keep traffic moving.
Modern roundabouts are built to accommodate large vehicles including emergency vehicles, buses, and truck and trailer combinations.
WSDOT has been using roundabouts on a number of Washington highways since 1997.
In order to help reduce the potential for t-bone or rear-end collisions, WSDOT is proposing new features that would change in the way drivers access this intersection. Crews would build a small loop road that allows drivers to make U-turns instead of turning left directly on or off the highway.
The End Result
WSDOT will construct the final plan for the intersections based on collision analysis, feedback received from the community, and available funding.