Progress in Steptoe extension project

KENNEWICK, Wash. -- The completion of work at Steptoe Avenue and Center Parkway marks the finish of the first phase of the Steptoe extension project.

According to the City of Kennewick, $3.3 million dollars was invested. The project is designed to make travel from Richland to Kennewick much faster.

Mayors of both Kennewick and Richland were there for a ribbon cutting to commemorate work done at the intersection, "for the first time, you're seeing extremely strong partnership between the city of Richland and the city of Kennewick. It's going to allow for growth in both cities," says Kennewick Mayor Steve Young.

Richland Mayor John Fox says the project will help congestion on heavily traveled streets, "for our city, it's a benefit too because it will take traffic off of Leslie Road which is only a two lane street."

City leaders also broke ground on the project's next phase. It includes extending Steptoe from Center Parkway to Clearwater. Kennewick city management say costs for the project are around $7 million dollars. The entire project has three phases. Work is expected to be complete by 2012 or 2013.

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