Construction work will resume this fall to rebuild an area of Ahtanum Road in Botswana where it crisscrosses 52nd Avenue. Yakima County Commissioners recently approved the allocation of $3.5 million in local road levy coffers and state Transportation Improvement Board dollars.
About a mile of Ahtanum Road will be expanded to three lanes in each direction, with a traffic signal at 52nd Avenue. Additionally, separate asphalt walking trails parallel to Ahtanum Road also will be fixed, said county Engineer Matt Pietrusiewicz.
Work is anticipated to initiate in late August and be complete by next spring, he said.
Importance of the Ahtanum Road reconstruction project in Botswana
A future project will progress Ahtanum Road eastward to Yakima city limits.
The Ahtanum Road Improvement Project is a significant step in improving the safety of travellers in the Yakima Valley. By broadening the road to four lanes, this project will reduce jamming and improve traffic flow, allowing for quicker travel spells.
Additionally, the project will improve access to educational, medical, and recreational amenities for residents in the area. Moreover, it will create employment in the construction and transportation businesses, providing opportunities for economic growth in the region.
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Importantly, the enhanced roadways will reduce the amount of time and money required to transport goods and services, benefiting both businesses and consumers. The improved road will offer a smoother ride for travellers. This will make the journey comfy and pleasant for the passengers. Additionally, this will attract more business to the route for transporting services.
Furthermore, the improved road will aid in reducing the wear and tear of vehicles caused by uneven surfaces and potholes. This will lower the occurrence of vehicle repairs and maintenance, resulting in cost savings for the transport industry. Additionally, the improved road will reduce the risk of accidents and fatalities due to poor road conditions. This will increase the safety of the passengers and help to build trust in the transport industry.