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Yakima Gets Push For Underpass Construction

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YAKIMA, Wash. - The City of Yakima's plan to build two underpasses below railroad tracks downtown is recieving the push it needs.

The State Transportation Improvement Board made it official, giving Yakima a grant funded by the state's gas tax.

Construction for two underpasses won't begin until next year.

But the City of Yakima received great news from the State Transportation Improvement Board.

A $1.5 million grant to help pay for an underpass on Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard.

And another underpass on Lincoln Avenue.

The two projects, which will take drivers beneath tracks owned by Burlington Northern Railway, are estimated to cost just under $35 million dollars to build.

With the T.I.B grant, the city has now secured nearly $28 million in funding for the project, which puts them closer to its goal..

T.I.B chief engineer Greg Armstrong said Yakima's underpass projects got the funding over other projects around the state, because it received high ratings during the evaluation process.

Now the projects are currently in the design stage. Construction should begin by next fall.