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City looking to add $5 million to transportation plan

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- At their next meeting Tuesday night, the Yakima City Council will talk about adding $5 million dollars to their transportation plan for the planned Martin Luther King underpass.

The city needs to replace the extra money they had to use for a similar underpass on Lincoln. They say putting that figure into the budget will signal to the state and federal government that they're looking for grants.

"The idea is that you cast a big net and see what you come back with... The project's got money that's committed it's already spoken for and we've gotta finish it," says Yakima Mayor Micah Cawley.

Mayor Cawley says the federal transportation grants will be announced at the end of the month. He says if the city doesn't get those, they'll wait until the state starts passing out grants near the end of the year.