FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, Oct. 4, 2013
Contact: Shannon Dininny, Memorial Communications: 509.577.5051
Memorial widening 30th Avenue
Access to hospital campus encouraged from 28th Avenue
(YAKIMA) – Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital will begin a project on Monday, Oct. 7 to widen 30th Avenue to help ease traffic congestion for employees, patients and visitors exiting the hospital campus. The project, which is expected to last three weeks, will add a left-hand turn lane on 30th Avenue at Tieton Drive.
During the project, westbound Tieton Drive and 30th Avenue will be reduced to one lane with traffic controlled by construction crew flaggers. Employees, patients and visitors are encouraged to allow for additional travel time and to enter and exit the hospital campus at 28th Avenue to help alleviate congestion at the construction site.
“We’d like to thank our patients, staff, neighbors and the community for adapting as we implement these changes,” Memorial Vice President Jim Aberle says. “We ask that people continue to have patience as they adjust to new traffic patterns around the hospital.”
Last year, Memorial closed its campus to through traffic, fulfilling a promise to the Barge Chestnut neighborhood association to address concerns about congestion, as part of its 30-year Campus Master Plan agreement with the city of Yakima.
The installation of a traffic signal at 28th Avenue and Tieton Drive is called for in the agreement. However, Aberle says the installation is at least several months or more away, as Memorial has no immediate plans for construction of additional buildings or expansion.