A public hearing on Sunnyside’s six-year transportation improvement program yielded no comments from the public and very little discussion at last night’s city council meeting.
The council took two actions in regards to the program last night, first amending the current program, then approving next year’s version.
The council first amended the 2014 through 2019 plan to include a project for which the city has received a grant.
Sunnyside Public Works Director Shane Fisher said the amendment was “housekeeping” and that the city thought the project was already included in the plan.
The project will install sidewalks on the east side of 16th Street north from Yakima Valley Highway, completing the walkway from the highway to Sierra Vista Middle School.
The city received a grant of $157,300 for the project from the Transportation Alternatives Program. With the approval of the amendment, the city can move forward on the project and complete it next year.
The council then approved the 2015-2020 six-year transportation improvement program, which includes proposed road and bridge construction work and other transportation improvement efforts by the city.
The new program includes major projects scheduled to start in any of the six years of the plan, along with funding priorities for the projects.
The projects include improvements to Sixth Street between Decatur and North avenues, resurfacing of Yakima Valley Highway between Edison and Lincoln avenues, improvements to Yakima Valley Highway between Ninth and 16th streets, a traffic signal at the intersection of Ninth Street and Edison Avenue, improvements to Edison Avenue between Seventh and Ninth streets, new sidewalk ramps citywide, improvements to 16th Street from North Avenue to the northern city limits, improvements to Scoon Road from Yakima Valley Highway to the northern city limits, replacement of the Bridge Street bridge, improvements on Grandview Avenue from Riverside Avenue to Swan Road, resurfacing of East Lincoln Avenue from South Sixth Street to South 16th Street, improvements on South Sixth Street between Lincoln and Franklin avenues and improvements to Riverside Avenue between West Grandview Avenue and the western city limits.