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Senate Bill Could Give Millions of Dollars to Tri-City Projects

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TRI-CITIES, Wash-- A new Senate bill could mean millions of dollars for transportation and health care projects in the Tri-Cities.

Senator Patty Murray is the front-runner of this bill and says it will create more jobs. The Senate bill would provide more than two million dollars to extend Steptoe South to 10th Ave.

Right now it ends here at Gage, and this is just the beginning of where construction could begin.

The Senate Omnibus Bill could send millions of dollars our way to make improvements. The biggest project is extending Steptoe St. and it would take some of the congestion off of Gage and Columbia Center Blvds.

"Long term it really makes a huge difference in the transportation of both Kennewick and Richland," said Bob Hammond, Kennewick City Manager.

The plan is to have Steptoe stretch all the way to 10th Ave. This bill provides enough funding for the city to build over the railroad near Clearwater Ave.

"We're thrilled with our congressional delegation and they've stepped up to once again support us," said Hammond.

The bill also gives $800,000 to Kadlec Medical Center to help remodel their neonatal intensive care unit, they are really in need of extra room to care for premature babies.

"Since 2002 we were at 1,250 babies being delivered here at Kadlec and last year in six years time that total was 1,000 more," said Larry J. Christensen, Kadlec Foundation.

The Port of Benton's Demonstration Project could receive almost a million dollars to produce biomass energy.

The bill gives Ben Franklin Transit over a million and half dollars to expand it's maintenance building, and almost $200k to the design a road to Hanford's B Reactor to open it for public tours.