Kennewick focuses on road extensions in Southridge area

By Kristi Pihl, Tri-City HeraldSeptember 11, 2013 

The last segment of extending Steptoe Street and Hildebrand Boulevard all the way to Highway 395 may be finished as soon as 2015.

The projects are part of Kennewick's effort to extend roads through the Southridge area. And they are the last pieces needed to complete the extension between Highway 240 and Highway 395.

Peter Beaudry, city municipal services director, told the Kennewick City Council on Tuesday that the final phase of extending Steptoe Street might need to be broken into two parts because of right-of-way acquisitions.

The city may start extending Steptoe between Fourth and 10th avenues next year, and then finish the portion after 10th Avenue in 2015, he said.

The work is budgeted at about $5.2 million, with about $3.1 million being paid for with a state grant, Beaudry said.

The city plans to build the last part of Hildebrand Boulevard from city limits to Sherman Street at the same time as the final portion of Steptoe Street, which will connect to Hildebrand, Beaudry said.

The final piece of Hildebrand will cost about $3.2 million. The projects were included in the city's budget, Beaudry said.

City dollars will make up the difference between the grant and the total cost for the third phase of Steptoe Street, and city money will pay for the whole Hildebrand project. Some property owners have donated right of way, Beaudry said.

-- Kristi Pihl: 582-1512; kpihl@tricityherald.com

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