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Duportail Bridge Project Moving Forward

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RICHLAND, Wash.- The Richland City Council approved building a bridge over the Yakima River at Duportail.

The City needs to find a way to fund building the Duportail bridge that'll connect the city center to Queensgate.

The Council has approved moving forward with the project, but they still haven't decided whether the road will be widened to accommodate more traffic.

The bridge will be the first non-highway connecting parts of the city on both sides of the Yakima River.

"Richland is kind of a difficult place to access. We're surrounded by rivers and state highways.  And right now there are basically four ways in and out of Richland, all of them are through state facilities," said Steve Stairs, Traffic Engineer for the City.

The City is hoping grant money will help fund the project, but they say even if the money comes together seamlessly, it will be at least five years before any construction starts.