Mae Valley residents will need to continue to add extra time for their commutes into Moses Lake
- Mae Velley, WA
Those living in Mae Valley will need to add more than regular added travel time to their commutes in and out of Moses Lake. Westshore Drive to Hansen Road will remain closed to all but emergency traffic until about Sept. 3. Work started Monday, Aug. 2. The closure is because of the installation of an 18-inch sewer main in the intersection of Hansen Road and Fairway Drive.
While the road is closed crews will start the demolition of Hansen Road preparing for the road to be rebuilt with new asphalt, curb, sidewalk, storm drainage and street lighting.
The goal for the contractor is to complete the project as soon as possible, potentially before Sept. 3, said Richard Law, City Engineer with the City of Moses Lake. The Hansen Road rebuild is needed to accommodate expanded water service and will improve travel access for drivers. Work time is being doubled to finish the job quicker, resulting in the current closure of Hansen Road.
The deep sewer improvement is going forward because it was more inexpensive and long-lasting for homes in the Sagecrest Development.
The contractor, Rotchy INC, and the City have shared project details with the Multiagency Communications Center, fire officials, Emergency Medical Services, and local/state law enforcement. Emergency access to homes and property along the project route will be granted quick access if needed. The contractor is also working to keep all driveways to homes open and accessible.
The detour will take southbound traffic on Hansen Road west on Mae Valley Road to Road E Northeast. Drivers will turn left on Road E Northeast and follow it for approximately 1 mile to the North Frontage Road. Drivers will need to again turn left on the North Frontage Road and follow it for approximately 2 miles to the intersection of North Frontage Road and Hansen Road.
For northbound traffic, drivers will need to turn left off of Hansen Road on to North Frontage Road, follow North Frontage Road approximately 2 miles to Road E Northeast, turn right on Road E Northeast and follow Road E for approximately 1 mile to Mae Valley Road. Drivers will need to turn right on Mae Valley Road and follow it for approximately 2 miles to the intersection of Hansen Road.
The route will be fully marked, and any updates will be provided on large digital reader boards located near the detour.
“Thank you for your patience, understanding, and support of this important project that is critical to Moses Lake’s future development,” City Manager Allison Williams said. “We know the work is extensive and inconvenient. In the end, the project will be well worth it. A road rebuild and expanded sewer system will help the community, drivers, and residents.”