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WSDOT holds open house about changes to US-2

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MEAD, Wash. - The Washington State Department of Transportation is trying to fix traffic problems on US-2,  north of Spokane. WSDOT wants to change the lane configuration between SR-206 and Day-Mount Spokane Road. They say traffic in the area has increased 9%, which led to more crashes in the area. They hope this construction can decrease collisions in the area.

Hundreds of people showed up to the open house that WSDOT held. Local farmers, business owners, and curious community members lined up out the door and packed the cafeteria at Mountainside Middle School. 

"I'm just here to find out what's going on," local farmer Jim Dietz told KHQ.  

Another local farmer, Jan George, said she was there because, "We're concerned about traffic flow in and out of the highway." 

In addition to changing lane configuration, WSDOT plans to add a turning lane and reduce the speed limit. They don't plan on adding any traffic signals, though some people at the open house expressed concerns about taking left turns at intersections on US-2.

WSDOT said they haven't planned a date to start construction. They added that they are here to listen...even if they got a bit more feedback today than they anticipated.

"We're overwhelmed by the response," Al Gilson with WSDOT said. "We have so many more people here than we thought we would."

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