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Grant Money Helping Make Yakima Valley Streets Safer

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UNION GAP, Wash.-- Drivers who use First Street in Yakima and Union Gap can expect to see more police patrols along the roadway.

It's part of a two year project to improve safety along the busy corridor.

About $400,000 of federal grant money will pay for the project. The money will go toward some low cost engineering upgrades and the increased patrols.

"We got a lot of traffic accidents in the City of Yakima and Union Gap on our main corridors that are heavily traveled. When looking at the stats, you want to try and reduce the amount of accidents and make it safer for people," said Yakima Mayor, Micah Cawley.

The project encompasses all of First and Main Streets, along with Nob Hill Boulevard from Interstate 82 to 64th Avenue.