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 first phase, 2.5 miles from Van Giesen to Sprout, is largely completed. Remaining work includes traffic signal work at Van Giesen and corresponding ADA ramp/sidewalk work in the northeast corner, as well as the southbound 20 MPH school zone beacon. This remaining work should take place in early 2020.

The next phase, 1.5 miles from Sprout Road to Horn Rapids Road, began in late September and is also wrapping up. Remaining work includes minor striping, concrete work at Battelle Boulevard, and the installation of 3 sets of rapid flash beacon pedestrian crossings. The crossings should be completed in February/March of 2020.

Due to winter weather, additional major construction work in the street will not be taking place. It is currently estimated that work will resume on the south phase of the project, from Guyer to Van Giesen, early next spring. Some miscellaneous sidewalk work may be completed between now and early January, weather permitting. 

Completion of the project is anticipated by early June 2020.

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

Project Overview

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

GWW Vicinity Map



Work includes:

  • 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 began in July 2019. Citizens can sign up for project updates by going to, create an account and select the Public Works Projects category.

Anticipated Timeline

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

Phase 2: Sprout to Horn Rapids: September 2019 - March 2020

Phase 3: Guyer to Van Giesen: March - June 2020

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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