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Start of the Downtown Squeeze Starts Monday. How to Avoid or Plan Around the Construction Site

Updated: Aug 30, 2019

— Downtown Moses Lake

Downtown is going to start to get more cramped this next week as one of the major streets will be reduced in lanes along intersection restrictions.

Stratford Rd in Downtown Moses Lake will be having new water pipe replacements starting Monday August 26th and will last until an undated day in November concluding four construction phases.

During the construction each left lane on both north and southbound Stratford Rd will be closed reducing the lanes from 4 to 2 with business driveways to be uninterrupted as much as possible.

The City of Moses Lake realized a statement saying

“The City encourages citizens to find alternate routes around the construction zone during construction. We appreciate the cooperation of all during this time as we make improvements to this vital stretch of roadway.”

With the reduced lanes on Stratford road being so close to the end of summer vacation for many roads across downtown will be used to the limits. With a previous interview MLWA 7 talked with Nick Manzaro said on average Stratford Rd between Sagedale Rd and Broadway (SR-171) averages around 30,000 cars per day. We’re calling this the Downtown Squeeze due to the lack of alternatives routs around the construction site.

The alternative routs to get into Downtown from the Valley District and Cascade Valley is State Route 17 to the West Broadway exit (SR-171) or to the E Wheeler Rd Exit to Pioneer Way.

To get out of downtown to get to Cascade Valley, Broadway (SR-171), and SR-17 is recommended and to take N Grape Dr exit and to only use the N Stratford Rd exit if you need to access the retail corridor.

During the phase 2 construction it will impact the W Knolls Vista, and the W Valley Rd interchange along with many store and gas station fronts. Stage 3 will impact W Valley Rd, the side retail drive ways, and the on and off ramp southbound SR-17.

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