Open house Sept. 19 to discuss US 97/Cameron Lake Road intersection

Public invited to give feedback on roundabout, other design options

OKANOGAN – Improvements are on the way for the busy US 97/Cameron Lake Road intersection – and local residents and drivers are invited to share their thoughts on several design options at an open house on Wednesday, Sept. 19 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the state’s WDOT maintenance office on US  97.

Options under consideration include adding extra turn lanes, separating the cross streets or building a roundabout. Public discussion on the benefits and trade-offs of each option will help determine the final design for the intersection. Drivers and residents can share their feedback with Washington State Department of Transportation engineers at an open house.

  • What: US 97/Cameron Lake Road intersection improvements
  • Where: WSDOT’s maintenance facility conference room, 28862 Highway 97, Okanogan
  • When: Wednesday, Sept. 19 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

“We’ve looked at the different types of collisions and the traffic flow at both the Cameron Lake/Armory Junction Roads intersection and the nearby Oak Street/Airport Road intersection,” said WSDOT project engineer Kevin Waligorski. “Our studies show that a roundabout may be the most effective way to reduce congestion and collisions at the intersection, but we want to hear from folks who drive this area daily.”

  • The US 97/Cameron Lake Road intersection was the site of 11 collisions in the past five years, and handles nearly 6,200 vehicles per day.
  • The nearby Oak Street intersection handles approximately 4,100 vehicles per day.
  • Construction to improve the area is expected to begin in summer 2013.

Find more information about the $2 million US 97 Cameron Lake Road intersection improvement project– including a description of the problem, alternative solutions, budget information and a proposed project schedule – online at: www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/US97/CameronLakeRdIntersection. An email list, US 97 Chelan to B.C. Border, has been set up so those who wish can subscribe and get updates sent directly to them on this project and other activity in the section of US 97 – at: https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/WADOT/subscriber/new?topic_id=WADOT_271 A Spanish language translator will be present and the meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. Specific accommodations can be arranged in advance by calling (509) 667-2860.

About Gary DeVon

Gary DeVon is the managing editor of the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune and celebrated his 25th year at the newspaper in August 2012. He graduated from Gonzaga University with a degree in Communications - Print Journalism, with an emphasis in photojournalism. He is a proud alumnus of Oroville High School. His family first settled in Okanogan County in the late 1800s. His parents are the Judy DeVon and the late Larry DeVon and he has two younger brothers - Dante and Michael. Many family members still call Oroville home. He is single with a grown daughter, Segornae Douglas and a young granddaughter, Erin.

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