County awards bid for road upgrade in Granger area
A number of roads between Zillah and Granger are set for
improvement after Yakima County commissioners on Tuesday approved a bid to
Sections of roadways to be improved are Wampler Road, from
Buena Loop Road to the vicinity of Palen road; LaPierre Road, from Barker Road
to the Granger city limits; and Barker again from Beam Road to the Yakima
County Engineer Gary Ekstedt said the low bid of $348,000 by
Superior Asphalt was a full $100,000 below original engineering estimates.
County to replace Hudson Road bridge
The nearly 50-year-old Hudson Road bridge will be replaced
Located near Van Belle Road, the existing concrete bridge
was built in 1957 and is past the end of its lifespan, said County Engineer
"With modern design and materials a concrete bridge
would have a 50-year life span," he said. "With older structures a
realistic life span is closer to 30 or 40 years."
On Tuesday, county commissioners approved an agreement for
preliminary engineering services related to bridge construction.
Work to demolish the old bridge will begin in mid-October
once irrigation water is shut-off.
"The schedule is built around irrigation season,"
Ekstedt said. "The bridge is over an SVID irrigation facility so we'll
wait until the irrigation water is shut-off."
Hudson Road will be closed for three months while the new
bridge is constructed. During the closure detours will be in place to re-route
traffic. The new Hudson bridge will likely open in January 2007, Ekstedt noted.
Lower Valley District Court to get connected
Opened in February of this year, the Lower Valley District
Court in Grandview will finally be connected to the network used by the rest of
the District Court system in Yakima.
The Yakima County commissioners on Tuesday approved an
agreement that will provide a fiber connection to enable staff at the Grandview
court to access district-wide information available via telephone and the
Yakima County sets new bid procedures
Revising a 1998 county ordinance to bring it in line with
state guidelines, Yakima County commissioners approved new standards for bid
Under the new ordinance, the county will not have to solicit
bids for construction projects that are $10,000 or less.
Further, the purchase of equipment valued at $2,500 or less
will not have to go out to bid.
Public Works Director Vern Redifer noted that the new
ordinance would not preclude the county from going out to bid on smaller items
However, he added, the ordinance gives staff the flexibility
to proceed with less expensive purchases and projects without bid in cases
where time is of the essence or "it makes good business sense".
Under the new ordinance, county commissioners will still
have to provide final approval on all projects, whether or not they have gone
out to bid.
Military funds to help county's 911 system
Yakima County will receive assistance for expenses related
to enhanced 911 services.
As approved by county commissioners on Tuesday, the
agreement calls for Yakima County to received $45,000 from the Washington State
The funds are part of a program which assists qualified
counties in receiving state military financial assistance for operating
county-wide land line and wireless enhanced 911 services.
Enhanced 911 policies include an uninterruptible power
supply, auxiliary generator support and clock synchronizer support.