Major construction projects throughout the city have disrupted all but one bus route.
The showroom at USA Honda has been empty since the Plaza Way Roundabout construction project blocked The Dalles Military Road’s intersection with Plaza Way, said owner Eric Burmwood.
The lanes at the intersection of Plaza Way and Tietan Street have been reconfigured to allow for more efficient traffic flow.
Washington state in particular has become a quick and often adopter of the roundabout with more and more communities getting them, thanks to state sponsored roadways, such as Route 125 in Walla Walla.
Walla Walla Valley Transit announced Wednesday, July 7, that due to the road closures, bus routes five and six have deviated services for the duration of the project.
As the final lift of asphalt paving and permanent striping on Plaza Way and Tietan Street are expected to be finished up this week, both roads are anticipated to be fully re-open to traffic by Friday, July 2.
Plaza Way road work has slowed things down just as Stone Hut Bar & Grill in Walla Walla was regaining traction after pandemic hardships, staff says.
Work on Plaza Way continues into another week as surface electrical work is completed. Plaza Way remains open for southbound travel only during daytime hours.
Customer flow could slow down at Mama and Baby Supply as road closures make the storefront harder to access. Owner Rachel Vixie wishes the construction project only meant single lane closures to make arrival easier for customers.
Plaza Way remains open solely for southbound traffic. Throughout the week, southbound traffic may be rerouted using northbound lanes to continue work on both sides of the road.
Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce head Kyle Tarbet and city of Walla Walla officials are readying Plaza Way area business owners for surviving the next phase of roadwork.
Need a beard trim, a haircut, polished finger- and toenails? Several personal grooming options are available to choose from at shops in the two-block radius of the Plaza Way shopping area near the new roundabout under construction.
The Pepsi Cola Bottling Company of Walla Walla, its facility on The Dalles Military Road sitting just off state Route 125, will have a ringside seat for the transformation of that intersection into a roundabout. Construction is slated to begin around July 6, and is now expected to take about seven weeks.