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Sen. Brown Talks About Potential Red Mountain Interchange

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WEST RICHLAND, Wash.-- Washington state Senator Sharon Brown met with local officials Saturday about the proposed Red Mountain interchange project.

Senator Brown spoke with the mayors of Benton City and West Richland and representatives of local businesses to name a few of the people who came out to Saturday's meeting about the potential Red Mountain transportation improvements.

The proposed road work for a new Interstate 82 interchange at Red Mountain would address traffic congestion, but more importantly supporters of the project say it would increase economic development in the area.

Brown said it would be an asset for the entire region, not just the nearby cities.

She said she plans to advocate for the project in the legislature and get the money needed to make it a reality.

"We would be able to drive, literally drive, people to the Tri-Cities. With this interchange it provides easy access on and off and it creates the ability for folks even if they're just driving by to take a little swing out and see what we've got going on here in the Tri-Cities," Senator Brown said.

The interchange is in a proposed transportation package in the state House of Representatives.

Brown is on the Senate Transportation Committee and said if it makes it to the senate she will do what it takes to get a portion of transportation resources for the interchange.

The project is estimated to cost around $30 million.