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JUST ASK SHANE: Road 76 Improvements in Pasco

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 PASCO, WA - A viewer sent me an email recently with a concern about a Pasco street that seems to be getting busier every day.  Maureen says, "I want to know if they are ever going to paint stripes on Road 76 that runs behind the Pasco Walmart?"

The short answer is yes... but first, a little history.  When this portion of Road 76 was first built, it was designed as a neighborhood street, so lane stripes weren't needed.  But as more shops and stores popped up in the Road 68 area, this section of Road 76 saw more and more traffic.

The City of Pasco is negotiating with the property owner right now to widen the one narrow piece of Road 76 that's left between Burden Boulevard and Sandifur Parkway.  When that's complete, lane stripes and center turn lanes will be added.

"It's a win-win situation because the needs are now, even though I'm sure the property owner would like to see it developed as soon as possible.  But until that's done, the needs are becoming more apparent, so we want to see if we can work that out with the property owner," said Ahmad Qayoumi, Pasco's Public Works Director.

Qayoumi says the city hopes to reach an agreement with the property owner soon, so the $200,000 project can move forward later this year.  The city would complete the work, with the property owner paying the city back over a period of several years. 

Remember, if you've got a question about something going on in our community... send it my way.  You can reach me in the newsroom at (509) 737-6738, or send me an email at JustAskShane@nbcrightnow.com