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Citizens offered chance to voice opinions on road upgrade project

The city of Sunnyside is planning a major upgrade of South First Street, from the westbound I-82 off-ramp to Lincoln Avenue. Local citizens will be given an opportunity to voice their opinions about the project at an open house meeting scheduled for next Wednesday, Sept. 1.

Construction plans are being prepared to install sidewalks, turn lanes, street lighting and landscaping. Also planned are intersection and storm drainage improvements.

City Engineer Jim Bridges said the preliminary analysis of traffic and street conditions has been completed, and conceptual plans have been prepared.

Bridges said city staff members and design engineers will provide details of the project at the Sept. 1 meeting, as well as answer any questions from those in attendance. Wednesday's 5 to 8 p.m. meeting at the Sunnyside Community Center, located at South Hill Park, is also an opportunity for local residents to offer input about the project.

Final plans are scheduled to be completed later this year, with actual construction slated for early 2005.

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