Roads near Wa-Hi close for major overhaul

Fern Avenue will be closed through the end of the month, and Reser Road will shut down for a longer period.

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Excavators start digging on Fernwood Avenue Tuesday afternoon as work on the Reser Road project gets underway. (Aug. 10, 2011)

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A vehicle drives past the "road closed" sign where the west end of Reser Road intersects Cottonwood Road and Howard Street. Prospect Point Elementary School is in background at left. A road construction project which began Tuesday will close the roadway and Fern Avenue to all but local traffic. (Aug. 9, 2011)

WALLA WALLA -- The start of a major road project Tuesday has closed two roads bordering Walla Walla High School and Prospect Point Elementary School.

Fern Avenue between Carmella Street and Reser Road will be closed through the end of August. Only emergency service vehicles will have access.

Reser Road between Fern Avenue and the Howard Street-Cottonwood Road intersection will be closed through the end of November. Emergency service vehicles will also have access during the construction. The bridge over Yellowhawk Creek will be closed starting Monday through the end of September. During this time there will be no through traffic. Access will need to come from either east or west of the bridge location.

The closures are due to the Reser Road project, which will rebuild both roads and replace the bridge over Yellowhawk Creek. Work will include new sidewalks, curb and gutter work, designated bike lanes and stormwater treatment swales to eliminate direct flows into the creek. The city will also build a new water main from Carmella Street to Costello Place.

The project is scheduled to be completed by October of next year, with a winter shutdown anticipated between November and next summer.

Walla Walla County commissioners awarded the construction contract to Culbert Construction Inc. of Pasco last week. The firm was the lowest of three bidders on the job with an offer of $1.8 million.

Andy Porter can be reached at andyporter@wwub.com or 526-8318.
Reser Road project map

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