5 miles of I-82 preparing for road work

YAKIMA, Wash.-- The Washington State Department of Transportation has another big project coming to Yakima. I-82 will soon be repaved for the first time in 15 years. The money is there for work to start in July.

"From the Naches River Bridge, which is the steel trusses, to Valley Mall Blvd," said Bill Preston, the project engineer. "Basically, right where we ended the roundabout and the interchange project from last year."

The project also includes repaving the ramps on Yakima Avenue and the bridge between them. Crews will handle the five-mile project spending about 3.7 million dollars of your taxpayer money. DOT says 44,000 drivers use the stretch every day.

"To and from work at least twice," said Jared Vandeventer about his daily commute. "But, if I have to go out for any trouble calls for work it could be 4 or 5 times a day."

Traffic flow will be cut down for lane closures. Drivers like Jared expect things to be rough at times.

"It's going to be a headache while they're working on it, that's for sure," said Vandeventer. "Hopefully it's improved after they're done."

DOT plans to minimize the impact on drivers. Crews will do the work at night from 7pm to 6am. Drivers still expect more traffic than usual.

"It'll probably still be pretty plugged up I'm sure," said Vandeventer.

DOT expects to have the job done in September. Other projects include work on I-90 between Ellensburg and Easton. Those are still in the planning stage, but are also on pace to be done in the summer.