WENATCHEE — A new sign guiding westbound traffic off the Sen. George Sellar Bridge into Wenatchee was quickly amended last week when it became apparent that drivers who couldn’t see into the future could be quite confused.
“That’s the sign for the finished project,” said Josh Patrick, Sellar Bridge project assistant engineer for the state Department of Transportation. The overhead sign showed four lanes coming off the bridge, with two arrows each guiding traffic south toward Mission Ridge and Central Washington Hospital or north to Mission Street. The sign went up Jan. 8.
The trouble is there are only three westbound lanes — and only one lane heading south to Mission Ridge. Patrick said the sign correctly shows the configuration off the bridge when the project is completed this summer. The north side of the bridge offramp will be widened so a fourth lane can be added. The Mission Street intersection south of the bridge has already been widened. Lanes will be reconfigured so there will be two lanes heading south toward Mission Ridge as far as Marr Street, he said.
“The sign went up a little sooner than we anticipated and we thought we better cover that one arrow up before it causes an accident,” Patrick said.
The confusion only last a couple of days. Workers on Jan. 10 used canvas to cover one of the arrows directing traffic south.
Rick Steigmeyer: 664-7151