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Cle Elum is arranged in a classic street grid pattern. There are approximately 25 miles of primary and secondary arterial, collector and local access streets in the City. The majority of the streets have 27 feet of paved width. All of First Street and most of Second Street are mixed asphalt and the rest, except for a few gravel and unimproved streets, are bituminous paved roadways. The City of Cle Elum commercial core has historically developed along its east-west access corridor of First Street. Second Street, which also runs east to west, is developing as a primary transit route for east-west traffic. Second Street has fewer traffic controls, is less congested by truck traffic, and ties directly into SR 903, serving as the main access corridor for the “Bullfrog UGA” (now incorporated City Limits), Suncadia Resort and Town of Roslyn, Ronald and Salmon La Sac. Railroad Avenue is a partially developed east-west route located 1-block south of First Street. Railroad Avenue parallels the BNSF Railroad right of way to the south.
The City of Cle Elum is presently served by four I-90 interchanges, they are as follows:
- Interstate 90 Exit #85 – SR970/SR903. This interchange located at the easternmost part of town is the only full diamond interchange serving the City of Cle Elum.
- Interstate 90 Exit #84A – Oakes Avenue. This interchange located in the “center” of town allows westbound traffic to exit to Cle Elum, and eastbound traffic entrance to I-90.
- Interstate 90 Exit #84 – W. First Street . This interchange located at the west end of town allows westbound traffic entrance to I-90, and eastbound traffic access to the City of Cle Elum.
- Interstate 90 Exit #80 – Bullfrog Road. This interchange provides direct access to Bullfrog Road Annexation area.