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Mabton moves ahead with Main Street project

MABTON – The Mabton Main Street reconstruction project isn’t expected to begin anytime soon, but the first step toward creating a funding package for the $2.6 million project was approved during Tuesday night’s regularly scheduled Mabton City Council meeting.

Engineer Michael Meskimen of Gray and Osborne told the council the project will widen the town’s main thoroughfare from Washington Street to SR-22, as well as add storm drains and 10-foot wide sidewalks.

The project, which will require $351,675 in local matching funds, will not extend beyond the Main Street and SR-22 intersection. However, Meskimen said, the project will realign the Washington and Main Street intersection. The project will also include a pedestrian crossing installation at the SR-22 intersection. Street lights and a revised storm drainage system are also included in the street reconstruction project.

“We haven’t yet moved to the design phase, but these items are the ones the city has requested to have addressed,” Meskimen explained.

He said the bulk of the funding for the project will be included in a Washington Department of Transportation funding request.

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