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South First Street project heads city's TIP list

The Sunnyside City Council this past Monday night formally approved a six-year transportation improvement plan (TIP) for the community.

Sunnyside Public Works Director Jim Bridges explained that the plan is something every city has to have in place to be eligible for funding through the Federal Highway Administration and the Washington State Department of Transportation. The TIP is approved annually by the Council.

In all, Bridges has 21 projects listed on the six-year TIP.

Heading the list is the city's planned mammoth reconstruction of South First Street. The second most important project identified on the list is a city-wide traffic and intersection study. Rounding out the top three is a planned study of Yakima Valley Highway. Bridges said the study would examine what kind of improvements need to be made between the west and east entrances of town.

Rounding out the TIP list in the following order is:

• Washout Road improvements.

• Beckner Alley improvements.

• 16th Street phase two improvements.

• Scoon Road improvements.

• Bridge Street bridge replacement.

• 11th Street improvements.

• East Edison Avenue phase one improvements from Fifth Street to Ninth Street.

• Grandview Avenue improvements.

• Lincoln Avenue turn lanes.

• Lincoln Avenue overlay.

• South Sixth Street improvements.

• East Edison Avenue railroad signal project.

• Ninth Street and East Edison Avenue signal project.

• 13th Street and East Edison Avenue signal project.

• North Sixth Street overlay and pedestrian mobility project.

• East Edison Avenue phase two improvements from Yakima Valley Highway to Port of Sunnyside property.

• City-wide ADA accessibility and pedestrian mobility project.

• Riverside Avenue improvements.

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