YAKIMA, Wash.-- NBC Right Now continues to follow the efforts to develop the old Boise Cascade Mill Site in Yakima.
Officials say they're still in the planning stages for the project.
Earlier this week, Yakima's city council approved the contract for an environmental study to be done at the old mill site. That study will help determine what needs to happen before the area can be completely cleaned up.
Officials also recently got approval from the Federal Highway Administration to continue to study how to connect Interstate 82 to the future east-west corridor that will run through the mill site.
It's a big step forward after three years of planning, but officials say there's still a lot of work to do.
"Very nice to see that there's support for making a change. It's a big deal authorizing the study, it does not guarantee that anything will happen," said Joan Davenport, strategic project manager with the City of Yakima.
Davenport says engineers are looking at how to modify the current Yakima Avenue highway interchange to include the future east-west corridor.
The change will hopefully help improve traffic flow in the area, and give people better access to terrace heights.
The site is still several years away from being ready.