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Our goal is to improve the present two-lane highway between Burbank and Walla Walla into a four-lane divided highway connecting with the existing interstate system.


      U.S. Highway 12 from Burbank to Walla Walla is a heavily traveled, two-lane highway with traffic counts that average up to 12,000 vehicles per day. Freight trucks account for nearly 1/3 of that volume.
      Since 1991, the Burbank to Walla Walla stretch of U.S. Highway 12 has been the scene of more than 1,079 accidents, of which 414 involved injuries that resulted in 33 deaths.
Improving the highway from two lanes to four can reduce serious injury and fatal accidents by as much as 40 percent. That would mean a significant savings of lives and suffering, not to mention a major reduction in property losses.

      Economic development is dependent on a high-quality transportation system. One of the most important considerations for virtually every business is a location with nearby access to a four-lane highway. The Walla Walla Valley has lost promising economic development opportunities simply because businesses wanted to be located closer to a four-lane highway.
      With Walla Walla County’s per capita personal income only 73% of Washington State’s average and just 77% of the national average, the need for a stronger economy is vividly apparent.
      Improving U.S. Highway 12 is important to Walla Walla Valley’s economic future.

Visit us on the Web

The new www.ushighway12.com Web site gives you a good look at the progress being made and the challenges we face in getting funding to four-lane U.S Highway 12. In addition, you’ll have ready access to ways you can help us make this vital project a reality. You can add your name to our online petition...and you can make your support known by using the mail and e-mail addresses of key federal and state officials whose support is needed to make this happen.

Walla Walla County’s Comprehensive Plan identifies the four-laning of U.S. Highway 12 as a project of regional significance. It is supported by all local government agencies. Expanding U.S. Highway 12 to four lanes from Burbank to Walla Walla is the number one priority of the Benton, Franklin and Walla Walla County Good Roads and Transportation Association. 18 School Districts throughout Eastern Washington have passed resolutions identifying the four-laning of U.S. Highway 12 from Burbank to Walla Walla as a priority transportation project.
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