Federal money sought for Benton City interchange

Tri-City HeraldMay 3, 2014 

Part of a planned Red Mountain interchange project off Interstate 82 could benefit from a federal grant the state Department of Transportation is seeking.

The interchange is among the projects WSDOT is looking to get funding for from the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER, grant. Around $600 million is available nationwide.

The state is seeking $3.5 million to build a roundabout at the intersection of state highways 224 and 225 near the existing Benton City exit. It will incorporate I-82’s westbound ramps and is designed to improve traffic flow on and off the interstate. An existing park and ride lot will be moved, which would double available parking spaces and add a dedicated transit stop, according to a WSDOT news release.

The project would promote economic opportunities and enhance the quality of life in the area, WSDOT said.

The grant request does not address another, more costly, part of the project to add a new interchange connecting West Richland and the Red Mountain area to the freeway.

Awards are expected to be announced in the fall.

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