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Transportation Package Could Bring Big Changes if Passed

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This preview shows what the Duportail Bridge would look like if the transportation package is approved. This preview shows what the Duportail Bridge would look like if the transportation package is approved.
TRI-CITIES, WA- A revenue package is one step closer to being passed, and it could bring some transportation changes to the Tri-Cities and surrounding areas.

The senate has already approved the $15 billion Transportation Package, which includes an 11.7 cent gas tax increase over the next three years.

In that package would be some big changes for the area, some that could potentially boost the economy and create better traffic flow.  Some of those changes would be projects like the Duportail Bridge in Richland, the Lewis Street Overpass in Pasco, and a new way to get to Red Mountain off of Interstate 82 near Benton City.

Now that the Senate has passed it, the House of Representatives will have a look at it next.

"Those projects would enhance economic development.  What happens usually with bills when they come out of the senate or they come out of the house, they do change and I'll be looking to see what the bill looks like after it's gone through the house process," said State Representative Larry Haler (R), 8th District.

Representative Haler said the Duportail Bridge Project, which will go over the Yakima River from the Bypass Highway to the Queensgate area,  will help control traffic, especially with it being a growing region.

The representatives are not expected to look at the bill for another couple of weeks. 





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