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City of Richland Moving Forward with Stevens Drive Extension Project

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RICHLAND, Wash. - Some good news for the Stevens Drive Extension Project in Richland. Part one of the project is fully funded and the city is ready to move ahead.

Planners hope drivers will see smoother flowing traffic on one of Richland's busiest areas and that's the whole point of the project.

After studying the mobility in the city the Public Works Department laid out a three part project called the Duportail Stevens Corridor Project. Part of that project will extend Stevens Drive from Wellsian Way to Lee Noulevard with a three lane road.

While the other two parts of the plan are still in the works, the Stevens Drive Extension Project is fully funded right now. The money comes from federal and state grants and local tax money.

"When the project is constructed it will help originally with the downtown mobility with the new connection on the Wellisan Way and Lee Boulevard and then in the future it will actually tie in to the Duportail segment that will go over the hill and connect with the bridge," said project engineer Julie Nelson.

The project will affect six property owners but no buildings will need to be demolished or moved. The second and third parts of the project will include improvements to Duportail Street and plans for building the Duportail Bridge, which is a $38 million undertaking

if you have questions, the public is invited to an open house on Thursday at the Richland Library from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

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