The Richland City Council approved the Transportation Improvement Program Tuesday by a three to two vote.
RICHLAND, WA - Tuesday night was a long night for the Richland City Council.
On the agenda, the 2015-2020 Transportation Improvement Program and it includes extending Rachel Road through the Amon Creek Natural Preserve in Richland.
Residents filled the council chamber and the entrance area to speak their minds Tuesday.
In the end, the Richland City Council approved the Transportation Improvement Program, by a three to two vote. The city council has to submit the tip to the state by July 1st.
However, the public works director made it clear that just because the Rachel Road extension is in the Transportation Improvement Program, it doesn't mean it will go where it's currently drawn.
"The curb returns as the features that are on Leslie Road at present are easily changed in a final design if we adopted a different alignment through a study process," Public Works Director Pete Rogalsky explained.
To give you idea of how long residents spoke their minds to council members, the public hearing portion started around 8:00 p.m. and wrapped up around 10:15 p.m.
"This particular little piece of ground which may not seem significant to a lot of people, what it can mean in the future as part of legacy as members who have to vote on it," one man told the city council.
The majority of residents that spoke, were against the Transportation Improvement Program