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Phase One of Steptoe Extension project open for drivers

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KENNEWICK, Wash. --  After a few months of delays due to bad weather, phase one of the Steptoe Extension Project that started at Gage Boulevard in Richland and Kennewick is finally open to drivers, as of March 1.

Steptoe starts on Gage Blvd. and ends at Center Parkway.  The project engineer, Alex Delapena says they still have some landscaping to finish once the weather warms up in April.

Delapena says he's seen a lot drivers confused and turn around once they reach Center Parkway because of all the "Road Closed" signs. 

"It is kind of hard to tell where you're going to, one car turned around.  He kind of looked at us as if he wasn't sure if he should go through or not," says Delapena.

But his engineering team was back there Wednesday rearranging cones, so that people knew where to go.

The entire Steptoe Extension Project is in three phases and the other phases are not yet funded. The entire road is eventually going to end at 10th Avenue, and it will eventually connect with another road extension project underway on the other side of town, near Hildebrand Blvd.