North George Washington Way Pavement Preservation Project

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Project Updates: 

The 4.7 mile George Washington Way Pavement Preservation project is split into phases.

The contractor is wrapping up work on the first phase, the 2.5 miles from Van Giesen to Sprout, which is anticipated to be completed by early October.  The temporary crossing for Jefferson Elementary School, south of Van Giesen Street, will remain in place during the completion of phase 1 work. This phase was prioritized due to its impacts on schools and businesses effected by the project. Remaining work includes casing adjustments, final striping and site restoration.

The next phase, 1.5 miles from Sprout Road to Horn Rapids Road, begins Monday, September 23 and includes asphalt milling and overlay, ADA improvements, pedestrian enhancements including the installation of three rapid flashing beacons and re-striping of the segment to include bicycle lanes. Traffic will be limited to one lane in each direction within the phase 2 work zone.

Please allow extra time when travelling and obey all traffic control signs and flaggers.

Back to School!

Richland staff have been coordinating and communication with the Richland School District to ensure students impacted by the George Washington Way project can commute to school safely. Please visit the RSD's website for current information, including alternate routes and redirected crosswalks.

Project Overview

The North George Washington Way Pavement Preservation Project will resurface 4.7 miles from Guyer Avenue north to Horn Rapids Road.

GWW Vicinity Map


Work will include:

  • Asphalt milling and overlay
  • Improvements to 110 sidewalk access ramps
  • Restriping segments of the corridor to include bicycle lanes
  • Replacement of Van Giesen/George Washington Way traffic signal
  • Enhancements to some pedestrian crossings

While single lanes of traffic will remain open throughout the duration of the project, commuters and residents should anticipate delays and plan their travel routes accordingly. During most of the project, two lanes of traffic will remain open for travelers going north in the a.m. and south in the p.m.

Construction is scheduled to start in July 2019. Citizens can sign up for project updates by going to, create an account and select the Public Works Projects category. Updates will also be made available on the project website at

Anticipated Timeline

Phase 1: Van Giesen to Sprout: July - October 2019

Funding Sources

The North George Washington Way Pavement Preservation Project is funded by:

  • National Highway System (NHS) Asset Management Program funding
  • Pavement Preservation Program funding through the City's General Fund and the Transportation Benefit District
  • Real Estate Excise Tax Fund
  • City of Richland Business License Reserve Fund
  • Community Development Block Grant Fund
  • Battelle / PNNL

Additional Information

For additional information, please call (509) 942-7500

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