Interstate 82 West - Oregon to Prosser

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Interstate 82 west & U.S. 395 north
Lowering into Washington from the Umatilla Bridge of Interstate 82 west & U.S. 395 north. A multi-use path drops from the bridge and passes under the freeway into the nearby village of Plymouth. Oddly, a freeway entrance placard follows the bridge end as if motorists were utilizing an on-ramp to a limited access highway... Photo taken 08/28/06.
Exit 131 departs shortly after the Columbia River for Washington 14 west and McNary Road east. Washington 14 straddles the northern periphery of the Columbia to Vancouver. The state route replaced U.S. 830 along the course from U.S. 97 at Maryhill to Interstate 5 in 1968. McNary Road otherwise spurs east to McNary Locks on the river. Photo taken 08/28/06.
Speed limits increase to 70 mph north of Exit 131. A northbound side weigh station follows. Photo taken 08/28/06.
The two mile stretch of Interstate 82 from Washington 14 northward opened on July 29, 1981 as part of work to construct the weigh station. Photo taken 08/28/06.
All three of the Tri-Cities are represented on this westbound mileage sign for Interstate 82. Kennewick and Pasco are directly served by U.S. 395. The Washington 240 freeway connects Kennewick and U.S. 395 with Richland to the west at 30 miles out. Photo taken 08/28/06.
Interstate 82 is designated a Washington Green Highway as legistated in 2007. The Green Highway aspect of the freeway indicates that the route provides options for alternative fuel facilities. Photo taken 08/03/11.
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Interstate 82 directly replaced the alignment of U.S. 395 (former Washington 14) on the path above Fourmile Canyon. Photo taken 08/03/11. Second photo taken 08/28/06.
Transmission lines lead northeast from Sillusi Butte and pass over Interstate 82 & U.S. 395 near Taylor Canyon. Photo taken 08/28/06.
Interstate 82 turns northeast away from the original Washington 14 footprint by Prospect Canyon. Bofer Canyon Road (old Washington 14) begins from a dead end and travels along the east side of the freeway. Photo taken 08/28/06.
Coffin Road connects Interstate 82 & U.S. 395 with agricultural areas adjacent to the Exit 122 diamond interchange. Photo taken 08/28/06.
Exit 122 departs Interstate 82 west & U.S. 395 north for Coffin Road. Bofer Canyon Road intersects the east-west road nearby. Photo taken 08/03/11.
Interstate 82 doubles as the Lewis and Clark Trail between Washington 14 and the split with U.S. 395 at Kennewick. This is not the only freeway portion along the trail, as a portion of Interstate 5 along the Columbia River also coincides with the historic route. Photo taken 08/28/06.
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A non-cutout shield for Interstate 82 accompanied U.S. 395 on this reassurance marker assembly north of Coffin Road. Non-cutout shields appear throughout the state for Interstate highways, however many have been replaced since their original install such as the I-82 marker here. Photo taken 08/28/06. Second photo taken 08/03/11.
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14 miles south of Kennewick along Interstate 82 west & U.S. 395 north. Photo taken 08/28/06. Second photo taken 08/03/11.
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Climbing over Horse Heaven Hills, Interstate 82 & U.S. 395 travel through Bofer Canyon before angling northeast near Johnson Butte. A stretch of Bofer Canyon Road accompanies the freeway to the right. The two-lane road is not part of the original Washington 14 alignment, as that was directly replaced with Interstate 82. Photo taken 08/28/06. Second photo taken 08/03/11.
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Locust Grove Road and the 2009-extended Washington 397 come together at the Exit 114 diamond interchange in one mile. Photo taken 08/03/11. Second photo taken 08/28/06.
Locust Grove Road spurs west from Exit 114 to Coyote Canyon. Washington 397 begins a 22.31-mile loop to the east. The state route travels 11.03 miles to Finley along an alignment opened in October 2008. Connections with Olympia Street provide a route into south Kennewick. Photo taken 08/03/11.
U.S. 395 parts ways with Interstate 82 west at the next interchange (Exit 113). The US highway transitions to a commercial arterial (Ely Street) on the 5.5-mile drive to the Blue Bridge into Pasco. Photo taken 08/28/06.
Long distance interests to Spokane are directed to remain on U.S. 395 through the Tri-Cities to an expressway alignment leading northeast to Connell and Interstate 90 at Ritzville. Connections with Interstate 182 & U.S. 12 east lead motorists southeast to Wallula and Walla Walla. Photo taken 08/28/06.
Entering the Exit 113 trumpet interchange with U.S. 395 north on Interstate 82 west. U.S. 395 briefly merges with Interstate 182 in 7.54 miles. Photo taken 08/03/11.
Interstate 82 West
Interstate 82 travels solo and turns northwest to circumvent Badger Mountain. Photo taken 08/28/06.
Ten miles separate the Interstate 82 westbound merge with U.S. 395 north from the merge with U.S. 12 west. Yakima debuts on Interstate 82 mileage signs in Washington at 80 miles to the northwest. Photo taken 08/28/06.
A folded diamond interchange (Exit 109) joins Interstate 82 west with Badger Road in one mile. Photo taken 08/28/06.
Clodfelter Road and an aqueduct for Kennewick Main Canal pass over Interstate 82 on the descent toward Exit 109. Badger Road becomes Clearwater Avenue in the city of Kennewick. Clearwater comprises a multi-lane arterial lined with increasing development as the road heads east to U.S. 395 (Ely Street). Photo taken 08/28/06.
Exit 109 leaves Interstate 82 west for Badger Road west and Clearwater Avenue east. Badger Road arcs westward to Kiona in the shadow of Horse Heaven Hills. Photo taken 08/28/06.
Continuing northwest, Interstate 82 bisects agricultural areas to the Exit 104 diamond interchange with Dallas Road. Photo taken 08/28/06.
Dallas Road links the freeway with Badger Road to the west and Bombing Range Road in West Richland to the north. Photo taken 08/28/06.
Westbound motorists along Interstate 82 next meet the Exit 102 trumpet interchange with Interstate 182 & U.S. 12 east into Richland. This is the last Tri-Cities area interchange along the freeway. Photo taken 08/28/06.
Interstate 182 travels 14.37 miles east with U.S. 12 to split with U.S. 395 north in Pasco. U.S. 395 and Interstate 90 link the Tri-Cities with Spokane. Photo taken 08/28/06.
Completed in 1986, Interstate 182 provides a high-speed route toward the city centers of Richland, Pasco and Kennewick (via Washington 240 east). U.S. 12 follows all 15.19 miles of I-182 and continues an expressway into Walla Walla County. Photo taken 08/28/06.
Interstate 82 & U.S. 12 west
U.S. 12 joins Interstate 82 west from Goose Gap to Yakima for a 71.17-mile overlap. Photo taken 08/28/06.
Prosser is the next city of interest for Interstate 82 & U.S. 12 west from the Tri-Cities. The city lines at the east end of Yakima Valley in 19 miles. Red Mountain lies just north of the freeway. Beyond that peak is Rattlesnake Mountain. Photo taken 08/28/06.
Staying north of Goose Hill, Interstate 82 & U.S. 12 lower to Kiona and the Exit 96 diamond interchange with Washington 224 east to Washington 225 north into Benton City. Photo taken 08/28/06.
Washington 224 begins and travels 0.06 miles north from Exit 96 to split with Washington 225 (1st Street). The state route turns eastward 10.15 miles east to Washington 240 through West Richland. Photo taken 08/28/06.
Washington 224 & 225 signage posted at the end of the Exit 96 westbound off-ramp. SR 225 spans the Yakima River on a 1957-built bridge as part of a 11.32 mile-arc between Benton City and Washington 240 near Horn Rapids Dam on the Yakima River. Photo taken 08/31/06.
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Interstate 82 & U.S. 12 straddle northern reaches of Horse Heaven Hills from Benton City into Prosser. The freeway directly replaced the original four-lane alignment of old U.S. 410 and U.S. 12 from Kiona west to Exit 93. Photos taken 08/28/06.
Yakitat Road follows a stretch old former U.S. 410 and U.S. 12 between Exits 93 and Exit 88 on the south side of the freeway. Photo taken 08/28/06.
Exit 93 consists of a diamond interchange with Yakitat Road south to old U.S. 410 and U.S. 12 and Chandler Road to the north. Yakitat Place ties into the road from the south. Both Yakitat Place and Chandler Road serve residences and farms unreachable by roads outside of Interstate 82 & U.S. 12. Photo taken 08/28/06.
Construction of Interstate 82 directly replaced the original westbound roadway of former U.S. 410 and U.S. 12 just west of Exit 93. Yakitat Road represents the original eastbound lanes of the divided highway. Photo taken 08/28/06.
The Yakima River flows close to the north side of Interstate 82 between Horse Heaven Hills and The Badlands. Visible in this scene is the Chandler Power and Pumping Plant. Photo taken 08/28/06.
Agricultural areas occupy flat lands between the Yakima River and the adjacent Old Inland Empire Highway to the north of Interstate 82 & U.S. 12. Hills associated with The Badlands rise to the north. Photo taken 08/28/06.
Gibbon Road acts as a connector between Yakitat Road (old U.S. 410 and U.S. 12) to the south and Gibbon Road west and Hansen Road north. Photo taken 08/28/06.
Entering the Exit 88 diamond interchange with Gibbon Road. Gibbon Road west and Hansen Road north end at isolated farmland. Photo taken 08/28/06.
Shield assembly posted for Interstate 82 & U.S. 12 west as the freeway continues over the original lanes of U.S. 410 and U.S. 12. Photo taken 08/28/06.
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A roadway split midway west of Gibbon sees the westbound lanes continue along the original four-lane U.S. 410 and U.S. 12 and the eastbound roadway utilize a new higher alignment to the south. Photos taken 08/28/06.
Interstate 82 & U.S. 12 take a gradual northwesterly curve, splitting with the original U.S. 410 and U.S. 12 (Wine Country Road) to meet the east end of Washington 22 at Prosser. This is the first of two interchanges along the freeway for the city of 5,714 (2010 U.S. census). Photo taken 08/28/06.
Wine Country Road (old U.S. 410 and U.S. 12) acts as a business loop for Interstate 82 & U.S. 12 through the city of Prosser. Connections with the Old Inland Empire Highway, via 10th Street and Grant Avenue, lead drivers to North Prosser and the Washington State University Prosser campus. Photo taken 08/28/06.
Washington 22, a 35.84-mile route, bypasses Prosser en route to Mabton and Toppenish through southern reaches of Yakima Valley. Washington 221, a 25.95-mile route south to Washington 14 at Paterson, begins 0.78 miles south of the Exit 82 folded diamond interchange at Paterson Road. Photo taken 08/28/06.
Westbound travelers pass under Wine Country Road and a Washington Central Railroad line ahead of the first crossing of the Yakima River. Photo taken 08/28/06.
Reassurance shields for Interstate 82 & U.S. 12 west reside between the Yakima River and Chandler Canal. Photo taken 08/28/06.
Grandview follows as the next control point beyond the Benton County line in eight miles. Photo taken 08/28/06.
An off-freeway rest area lies along Merlot Drive adjacent to Gap Road and the Exit 80 diamond interchange. Photo taken 08/28/06.
Gap Road stems north from old U.S. 410 and U.S. 12 (Wine Country Road east / County Road 12 west) to meet Interstate 82 & U.S. 12 west in one mile. Photo taken 08/28/06.
Exit 80 departs the westbound freeway for Gap Road. Gap Road continues north from Prosser to Snipes Road near The Gap in Sagebrush Ridge. County Road 12 lines the south side of Interstate 82 to Grandview. Photo taken 08/28/06.
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Continuing northwest, Interstate 82 & U.S. 12 pass under Johnson Road and the Washington Central Railroad and over Sunnyside Canal on the five-mile drive to Grandview. Photos taken 08/28/06.
McCreadie Road joins the freeway with Wine Country Road (old U.S. 410 and U.S. 12) to the south and County Line Road to the north via a diamond interchange (Exit 75) in one mile. Photo taken 08/28/06.
Exit 75 is the first of two interchanges for Grandview, a city of 8,700. County Line Road stretches northward along the Yakima County line onto Sagebrush Ridge. Former U.S. 410 and U.S. 12 again act as a business loop for Interstate 82 town. Photo taken 08/28/06.


 


Photo Credits:

  • 08/28/06 by AARoads.
  • 08/31/06 by AARoads and Chris Kalina.
  • 08/03/11 by AARoads.

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