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Benton County Commissioners Move Forward with I-82 Finley Intertie

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BENTON COUNTY, Wash-- Benton County Commissioners discussed the I-82 Finley Intertie on Monday. They gave direction yesterday to move forward with the option of extending Piert Rd.

This road would give Finley residents and truckers better access to I-82 from the Intertie.

Two of the Commissioners, Claude Oliver and Leo Bowman, chose alternative number six. That option allows for an ethanol plant to be built nearby, but Commissioner Max Benitz supports option seven.

"Alternative number seven has went through the public hearing process and the majority of people in the Finley area decided option number seven was less intrusive and best fit with their community," said Max Benitz, Benton County Commissioner.

Option six that Oliver and Bowman like will cost $3.6 million, but the county will not be paying.
Landowners near the road would pay a special tax for the next 20 years.

Before construction can begin 60 percent of the landowners have to sign a petition.

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