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City Leaders Discuss Steptoe Extension in D.C.

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RICHLAND, Wash.- Richland and Kennewick City leaders are asking for federal money to help fund the first phase of the expansion of Steptoe Boulevard.

They're estimating it'll run about $13.5 million for all three phases, somewhere around $5 million for the first one.

City leaders are back from a trip to Washington, D.C. where they met with Washington Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, and Congressman Doc Hastings.

They're asking the federal government to help fund about half of the first phase, anywhere from $2 million to $2.5 million.

Phase One would extend Steptoe through a neighborhood to connect with Center Parkway at the south end.

"On Columbia Center Boulevard, all the traffic on Leslie, this is going to give us another North-South line of traffic arterial that'll help," said Richland City Manager John Darrington.

A decision on funding won't come down until sometime around October, but if things go their way, construction could start by this time next year.

No homes would need to be moved for construction.