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Section of Yakima Greenway Pathway Temporarily Closing

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YAKIMA, Wash., --  A half-mile stretch of the Yakima Greenway pathway is temporarily closing Monday morning, along the Yakima River south of the Yakima Regional Wastewater treatment plant.

Crews using heavy equipment are removing culverts and preparing the site for the relocation of the wastewater treatment plant outfall lines into newly created side channels along the river.   The pathway is being moved out of the floodplain to an area less likely to be damaged by high water.  The relocation and rebuilding project is estimated to cost $290,000.

The pathway should reopen in October.

The City of Yakima also plans to use recycled Christmas trees and other wood waste to create a habitat for birds and other wildlife along the side channels of the greenway.  The restoration work will cost nearly $500,000 using state, county and federal funds.