UMATILLA - Possible improvements for the I-84 interchange with Westland Road to accommodate future development is the topic of a workshop set for next week.

Local residents will meet with state transportation staff and a transportation consultant to talk about plans for the interchange before development of the land around it makes changes to the roads more difficult.

The workshop is set for 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10 at Fire Station 3, 78760 Westland Rd. The public is invited to attend.

The interchange area includes Westland Road from I-84 to Agnew Road, Lamb Road from I-82 to Westland Road, Northwest Livestock Road, Cottonwood Bend Road, Stafford Hansell Road and Colonel Jordan Road.

While a lack of access to a water system has limited growth so far, the interchange area is adjacent to the city of Umatilla's proposed enterprise zone and the Umatilla Chemical Depot, both areas that can expect development in the future. Safety is an important factor in considering an upgrade to the interchange, although changes probably won't take place for several years.

To help state officials identify concerns, local residents are invited to complete a questionnaire about traffic flow in the area.

To sign up to receive a newsletter about the project or to receive a copy of the questionnaire, call Hann Lee at H. Lee & Associates at 1-800-354-2687. For information about the project, call Cheryl Jarvis-Smith at the state Transportation Department's Pendleton office at 963-1574.

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