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Steptoe Street expansion moving forward

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KENNEWICK, Wash--  It is one of the fastest growing areas in the Tri-Cities: Gage Boulevard in both Kennewick and Richland.  And to capitalize on the growth, city leaders have been talking for years to expand Steptoe Street.

The problem is right now it's hard to imagine the street because when you turn off onto Steptoe from Gage the road just ends.  But that could soon change.

Peter Beaudry with the city of Kennewick shows us exactly where the Steptoe expansion will go, and when work might start.

"We're hopeful we'll get an okay from the state from the environmental aspect, and we've got all ducks in a row and we're ready to go within the next few weeks or so," says Beaudry.

The Steptoe expansion will ultimately head up to 10th Avenue in West Kennewick.

City workers say it should be smooth sailing until they get to phase 2 when they reach some railroad tracks.

"They don't allow surface connections across their tracks anymore, so we'll have to go under the tracks," Beaudry says.

And Beaudry says in the end the expansion is worth the years of waiting.