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By Dena Martin
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Waitsburg Adopts Six-Year Transportation Plan

City has been successful in completing plan projects in recent years


Ken Graham

Improvements to Waitsburg's Main Street and replacement of the Main Street Bridge are among the projects successfully completed by the City of Waitsburg in the recent past.

WAITSBURG – The Waitsburg City Council moved forward with the annual state-mandated adoption of the city's six-year transportation plan at their July 20 regular meeting. No public comment was received in the public hearing preceding the plan adoption, and no new projects have been added to the plan.

Two items – widening of East 7th Street, and Park and Ride Development – were removed from the plan, which now lists seven projects:

City-wide street maintenance – projects will continue to be ongoing at an estimated cost of $10,000.

City-wide sidewalk repair and maintenance – projects are ongoing on an annual basis at an estimated cost of $10,000.

Millrace railroad crossing improvements – project has been awarded with funding through Walla Walla Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization. Cost is estimated at $500,000.

Taggart road extension to Highway 12 – project is in design phase. Applications are being prepared for submission to the Public Works Trust Fund and the Transportation Improvement Board for the estimated $1 million project.

Bolles Road overlay – no funding has been obligated. Project is estimated at $250,000.

City-wide storm water improvements – no funding is obligated at this time. A national pollutant discharge elimination system permit is not yet required for cities of Waitsburg's size. Anticipated cost is $500,000.

Replacement of West 7th Street Coppei Creek Bridge – no funds are obligated for estimated $1,000,000 project.

Past projects have included downtown revitalization, widening and improvements to West 7th Street and replacement of the Main Street Bridge.

"We've been pretty successful over the last 15 years to get projects off the list that have sat there for decades," Hinchliffe said.

Cities must compile and submit their six-year transportation plans to the state by June 30. The state compiles the data for the State Transportation Improvement Board to review and award funds, he explained.

Hinchliffe said the city tries to chip seal, crack seal, and overlay roads every five to seven years.


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