S'side sets July 10 for street plan hearing

Work to improve 16th Street from East Edison Avenue to Yakima Valley Highway is one of 21 projects proposed for Sunnyside's six-year transportation improvement program.

Last night the city council agreed to hold a public hearing on July 10 to consider the six-year plan.

Public Works Director Jim Bridges said the state's department of transportation requires the city to annually update its six-year plan for street improvements in order to receive continued funding.

The top priority, according the proposal, calls for widening South First Street. Sunnyside is already negotiating with property owners to purchase rights-of-way to widen and reconstruct the roadway. Other improvements sought include a new traffic signal system and a roundabout.

Looking forward, the city proposes a city-wide traffic and intersection study this year.

Sunnyside also hopes to begin a project this year to improve the entire length of Yakima Valley Highway from the west to the east city limits.

The $4.7 million project, which would continue into 2009, would be funded primarily through state and federal grants.

Other proposed street improvements, all of which require state and/or federal funding, between 2006 and 2011 include:

- Improving Scoon Road from the Yakima Valley Highway to the northern city limits in 2008.

- Replacing the Bridge Street bridge in 2009.

- Improving Grandview Avenue from Riverside Avenue to Swan Road.

- Realigning the intersection of East Lincoln Avenue from South First Street to South Fourth Street between 2009-2011. The proposal includes a new traffic signal at the site and a roundabout at Sixth Street and Lincoln Avenue.

- Installing a new traffic signal or roundabout at the intersection of Ninth Street and East Edison Avenue.


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