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Joint Transportation Committee Visits Yakima Along Bus Tour

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- Drivers in Yakima could see more construction soon. The state's Joint Transportation Committee and local politicians are touring local roadways to see what areas need funding. 

One area is near the current project on Valley Mall Boulevard. The newly proposed project would link Ahtanum Road to Highway 12. Governor Christine Gregoire told the committee to come up with a new package to fund this and many other construction projects throughout the state.

State Rep. Judy Clibborn, who chairs the House Transportation Committee, explained why they need to come up with new funds for new projects. "The existing gas tax goes to pay off the bonds for 25 years. So we don't have freed up money to help with new projects that aren't on a list."

"They will make a presentation to us about the things that are important to Yakima and the Yakima Valley in the way of transportation," State Sen. Curtis King said, referring to the Yakima Valley Conference of Governments who are to identify up to 20 top-priority projects and preservation needs throughout the state.

The Valley Mall Boulevard project should end around September. That is fully funded and is not part of the current discussions for the unfunded proposed projects.