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Nine Mile to Woodward Canyon.

Construction of the Burbank interchange at the U.S. 12/SR 124 intersection will start in 2011. Cost is estimated at $29.5 million.

Supporters of four-laning U.S. Highway 12 from Burbank to Walla Walla now have their sights set on Phase 7A, a 5.5 mile stretch from Nine Mile Hill to Woodward Canyon Progress is already being made.
• The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration recently approved the required environmental documentation for phases 7 & 8.
• Design for 7A has been funded at
$3.2 million and is underway.

• During the last Washington State
legislative session, $2 million was approved to begin with land acquisition efforts for 7A. In addition to four-laning, current design envisions a new highway with straighter curves and two new intersections at Nine Mile Hill and Touchet North Road. The Washington Department of Transportation says the improved traffic flow will relieve congestion and ease conflicts between slow moving trucks and passenger vehicles.

The Port and its partners in the U.S. Highway 12 Coalition are now focusing on securing construction funding for Phase 7A, the Touchet portion from Nine Mile Hill to Woodward Canyon. Its estimated cost is $74 million.
Resources being targeted include the reauthorization of the federal transportation bill and economic stimulus funds via a TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grant.

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