Work to start on Sixth Street traffic control

New traffic light at the highway

— A new traffic light has long been desired and planned at the busy Sixth Street and Yakima Valley Highway intersection.

Monday, the City Council gave City Manager Don Day the authority to sign contracts for the first phase of the work ­­– engineering.

“It’s not new to the Council; it’s in the 6-year street plan,” Mayor Julia Hart said. “Now we start doing it.”

The first resolution gives Day the authority to sign a deal with Huibregtse Louman Associates to engineer the project.

Council approved two task orders that give Day the authority to sign a contract with Huibregtse Louman to perform water and sewer construction services relating to the project.

“We’re really excited about finally getting started,” Hart said. “Improvements will make that intersection much safer”

Regarding the new Astria Sunnyside Hospital project, Council gave Day the authority to contract Huibregtse Louman to perform design engineering and construction services related to water and sewer improvements.

In another decision regarding the new hospital project, Council authorized Day to sign an agreement with Astria Health for repayment of the Community Economic Revitalization Board’s project construction loan.

Council approved a rezone for the property at

Fifth Street and Decatur Avenue, where Varietal Beer Co. will be operating. It will be B-3 Retail Core.

Two annexation requests were presented Monday. Both were sent to the Planning Commission to set public hearing dates.

Planning will also recommend the appropriate zoning and refer that to the State Boundary Review Board for Yakima County.

“We won’t deal with them again until they come back from the Planning Commission,” Hart said.

One annexation request was for Swan Market on Swan Road.


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