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City of Kennewick Plans To Fix Stretch of 4th Avenue

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- Many Kennewick residents living along 4th Avenue, are feeling a sense of relief.

"I'm really glad to hear they're finally going to do something about it," said Gerald Morris, a Kennewick resident.

"They said they were going to widen it when we ended up buying the house in 93, so yea, it's been bad all this time," said Mesa Atchley, a woman living along 4th Avenue.

City of Kennewick staff say it's been a long time project missing only one thing: money.

"If we didn't get the TIB grant of $1.7 million we would still be looking at years in advance before we could do the project," said Peter Beaudry, Director of Public Works for the City of Kennewick.

Now with just over $3 million, neighbors' concerns will soon be put to rest.

"There's a lot of traffic on this road, with the elementary school and the middle school down here, there's a lot of unsafe areas for kids to be walking on," said Atchley.

People living on the stretch of road from Kellogg to Union Street, will also see some changes to their property.

"Our mailboxes will be moved back and then they're going to be putting a sidewalk here on the front," said Atchley.

"You know it's complete construction of the roadway, curb, gutter, sidewalk, street lights, storm draining system, there's also bike lanes," said Beaudry.

There will be traffic delays during construction, but some say it's worth the hassle.

"Once they finish the project and people can drive on a smooth road, I think most people will be happy with that," said Morris.