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Rachel Road Extension Not Coming Anytime Soon

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The possible extension of Rachel Road in Richland is stirring conversation, but the city explains there are no “pen to paper plans” at this time. The possible extension of Rachel Road in Richland is stirring conversation, but the city explains there are no “pen to paper plans” at this time.
RICHLAND, WA – The possible extension of Rachel Road in Richland is stirring conversation, but the city explains there are no “pen to paper plans” at this time.

With development of the area starting to take shape it puts the project in the spotlight but just not on the drawing board. A housing development is planned to go into the area. What it needs is access to those future homes. When we asked Public Works Director Pete Rogalsky on Wednesday he told us the city has yet to even designate any funding into the project that has been on a long list of future plans for years.

"Rachel Road has been in that pending unknown category for most of a decade,” he explained. “It still is in that sort of pending class."

Rachel Road will not be extended anytime soon and until the time comes where it is needed, the city says it wants to work with its citizens. Rogalsky explains the small portion of street that seems to be the beginning of the road may not even be the final spot where the road begins.

"That makes it look like it's a final point and it's not. There are certainly opportunities to study and find the best spot."

That spot could be negotiable. The city says it is open to more input as to how the future project should look. If one thing was clear from the city council meeting, there are citizens who do not like the current spot one bit.

As one man at the meeting from Richland explained, "Just because somebody drew a dated line on a map some years ago doesn't mean your feet should be stuck in concrete to avoid the overwhelming opposition to such a road."

“It looks like the city is just going to do what they want to do,” explained Scott Woodward, the president of Tapteal Greenway, which is a conservation group concerned with the wildlife in that area.

While the project remains on the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), NBC Right Now has confirmed with the city that there will be no extension project of Rachel Road in 2014. Rogalsky told us that you won't be seeing that project come to life anytime soon and until then, there is time to talk. 
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