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 anticipated to be completed by the end of September. This phase was prioritized due to its impacts on schools and businesses effected by the project. City staff have been in communication and coordinating with the Richland School District and WSUTC staff.

The remaining phases will be completed through the end of the 2019 paving season, with any remaining work to be completed in early 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 will resurface 4.7 miles from Guyer Avenue north to Horn Rapids Road.

Image of George Washington Way Project Boundaries


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 - September 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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