WALLA WALLA - An old highway is going to have a new look soon.
Construction crews are scheduled to start Tuesday on the realignment and reconstruction of Old Milton Highway between Highway 125 to the bridge over the Walla Walla River. The project will complete the rebuilding of the roadway from Highway 125 to Stateline Road.
Aaron Grimm, project engineer with the Walla Walla County Public Works Department, said the road's travel lanes will be widened to 12 feet each way in addition to adding 6-8 foot-wide paved shoulders. The intersection with Bussell and Snider roads will also be improved.
The first phase of construction will last from April to May and will reconstruct the roadway between the river and Bussell Road. The next phase of work is expected to begin in June to rebuild the highway from Bussell Road to Highway 125.
Drivers should expect delays due to excavation work, and flaggers will be posted to help direct traffic, Grimm said.
The project contractor is A&B Asphalt of Benton City, Wash. The firm was the lowest of eight bidders with an offer of $1,034,538.06, an amount which was below the engineer's estimate of about $1.3 million.