KENNEWICK -- The Kennewick City Council is looking to win a $1.8 million grant from the Economic Development Administration that would help extend Steptoe Street toward Clearwater Avenue.
If successful, the city could be able to link some of those funds to a state grant for the same project.
City officials told the council this week that the federal agency was accepting applications for public works projects with potential for economic development. The Steptoe Street corridor is a strong candidate, based on a ranking from the Benton Franklin Council of Governments.
If approved, the city would have to come up with a $1.8 million match, but the federal grant also would be used to satisfy a requirement for matching funds for a state Transportation Improvement Board grant for the same project.
In a related action, the council agreed to pay $195,000 to the BNSF Railway for permanent and temporary easements needed for extending Steptoe Street and building a bridge to cross the railroad tracks.
Obtaining the right-of-way quickly is important to expedite construction of the bridge and obtain a state grant for the building the second phase of Steptoe Street from Center Parkway to Clearwater Avenue.
Also this week, the council decided to apply for money from the Federal Highway Administration that would go toward the Steptoe Street project, and for the next phase of the Hildebrand Boulevard corridor in the Southridge area.