RICHLAND, WA- The City of Richland hosted an open house Thursday to personally answer residents questions and concerns about the Stevens Drive Extension Project that's plan to start construction next year.
The Stevens Drive Extension is just a part of a three part project called the Duportail Stevens Corridor Project .
The plan is to extend Stevens Drive from Wellsian Way to Lee Boulevard with a three lane road.
The city says this extension is needed to help alleviate some of the congestion and to meet the city's growing demand.
Plus, it will open up room for more commercial development off of the Stevens Drive Extension .
Richland's Transportation and Development Manager Jeff Peters said, "Mobility and economic development. So, it will get another access point for people to get into and out of Richland and it will help connect South Richland and Central Richland for economic development reasons."
The Stevens Drive Extension is already fully funded through federal and state grants; as well as local tax dollars.
Once completed, the new Stevens Drive will include street lights, bike lanes, sidewalks and landscape trees.
The city is currently working on funding for phase two, which will cover improvements to Duportail Street.
Peters says they expect to hear back regarding grant submissions for phase two this winter.