One of Connell's busiest streets will get a needed upgrade with a $895,500 state grant.
Connell is getting the money from the 2012 Small City Arterial Program for West Adams Street. The grant will help pay for a $995,000 project to rebuild the two-lane road from Columbia to Sixth avenues.
The project will include adding curbs, gutters and sidewalks to the street, as well as a storm water drainage system and illumination.
West Adams Street is the city's main arterial in the oldest neighborhood in Connell, said City Administrator Steve Taylor. It's the primary route to and from Olds Junior High and Connell High schools.
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Taylor said the city submitted other projects for funding, but Adams Street was its top priority. "The road is just in terrible shape," he said.
The city anticipates the road will see more use after the North Franklin School District finishes the new Connell Elementary School off West Clark Street across from the junior high and high schools. It's scheduled to be finished in August 2011.
Part of the project will be making the railway safer for pedestrians to cross, Taylor said. The railroad is a primary north and south rote for Eastern Washington, and he said it has more than 20 trains pass per day.
The city will need to match the grant with $99,500. Taylor said the city already had set aside $100,000 in hopes of receiving the grant. He said plans are to start construction in 2012.