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Yakima Valley group unveils transportation proposal

YAKIMA - Intersection improvements on SR 241 near the Sunnyside Airport and widening Euclid Road in Grandview are two of the priorities listed in a draft version of a Yakima Valley transportation plan.

The plan was unveiled this week by the Yakima Valley Conference of Governments (YVCOG). The plan is a 2012 update to the Yakima Valley Metropolitan and Regional Transportation Plan.

An update is required to maintain the region's eligibility to receive federal and state funding for transportation improvement projects. The plan was last updated in 2007.

In addition to the improvements noted above in Grandview and near the Sunnyside Airport, Lower Valley highlights of the plan also include reconstructing Yakima Valley Highway between Outlook Road and N. 16th Street in Sunnyside, as well as improving existing arterials in Granger.

There is also a focus on completing transportation projects that are underway or have previously been established along I-82.

Also of interest to the Lower Valley is a call in the proposal to expand operations of the Community Connector transit service.

The valley-wide transportation projects in the proposal have a combined value of $253 million.

The plan can be viewed at the Sunnyside Library or at yvcog.org/pages/PlanUpdate12.html.

The public is invited to submit comments on the draft plan via the project website's online comment form (both English and Spanish versions are available), by emailing lacombed@yvcog.org, or by writing to Deborah LaCombe, Senior Transportation Planner, YVCOG at 311 N. 4th St., Ste. 202, Yakima, WA 98901.

Information is also available by calling YVCOG at 509-574-1550. The comment period ends on Monday, March 19, at noon.

A meeting is scheduled for March 19, 2012 at the YVCOG offices to consider adoption of the plan. The public is welcome to attend and participate. The project website will include more detailed information about the meeting.

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