Wednesday, August 10, 2005
MABTON - The Mabton City Council Tuesday night learned it may be eligible for transportation improvement funds to improve its city streets.
There is more than $1 million available to enhance Yakima County city streets, according to J. Page Scott, the executive director of Yakima Valley Conference of Governments.
Scott, who was recently hired as the agency's director, said the funds are available for a variety of non-traditional traffic projects.
"The good news is that most of these funds do not require matching funds," she said.
The news came as the Mabton City Council was preparing to approve its new six-year transportation improvement plan.
While most of the streets designated on the city's plan are in need of overlays, as well as sidewalks, Scott assured the council that funds are also available to improve downtown landscaping and bike trails.
Scott said two workshops are being planned in the coming weeks to alert city planners about grant applications.
The city's six-year plan names 11 Mabton streets which are areas in need of major street construction, according to Ildia Jackson, Mabton city administrator.
"We have a number of streets in desperate need of rebuilding and some which only need new layers of asphalt," she explained.
One of the major projects, which will require a large funding source, is the widening of Maple and Monroe Streets in north Mabton.
The council in approving its six-year transportation plan also added Sixth Street to its list. The main street of town is in need of a new overlay, as well as sidewalks.
South Street, which runs parallel to State Route 22, will also get an new overlay under the plan. Other streets on the plan are Seventh Avenue, Fifth Avenue, Adams Street, Pine Street, Third Street and Fourth Avenue.
Jackson said Monroe Street is listed twice on the city plan because, in addition to new construction, it is also in need of an overlay on its west end.
"The east end of the street which connects to Vance Road will be under new construction once funds are available," Jackson explained.
She said the work on the streets will be done as funds become available.