The future of new dual roundabouts in East Wenatchee is uncertain after city officials were recently told by the Washington Department of Transportation that the project’s estimated costs are about 1-million dollars over budget. The dual roundabouts were planned at 9th Street and Highway 28 as well as the intersection at 9th and Valley Mall Parkway. At a recent East Wenatchee City Council meeting, Mayor Steve Lacy expressed his frustration with WSDOT. . .
Mayor Lacy went on to urge city council members to terminate the contract with the Department of Transportation regarding the new roundabouts so the city won’t be on the hook for an extra 1-million dollars. . .
The council did vote to terminate the contract at the February 27th meeting and opted at that time to proceed with designing a new traffic signal at 9th Street and Valley Mall Parkway. In the meantime the DOT will conduct an analysis of the proposed roundabouts. Officials told the Wenatchee World they plan to hire a consultant in the next few weeks to do a study the two proposed roundabouts, traffic flow on Ninth Street and Highway 28, and how it all integrates with the existing Fifth Street roundabout. Public input would be sought in late summer or fall, he said, with a decision on traffic controls coming late this year or early in 2019.