Pasco council approves transportation plan

Widening Argent Road and improving the Fourth Avenue corridor are two of the road projects Pasco hopes to complete next year.

The Pasco City Council approved its 2012-17 transportation improvement plan in a 5-1 vote Monday.

The approved plan includes 10 projects totaling $4.9 million next year.

The most expensive include $1.5 million to widen Argent Road between 20th Avenue and the Interstate 182 ramp, $1.15 million for the Fourth Avenue corridor between I-182 and Sylvester Street, and $900,000 to overlay various city streets with asphalt.

Councilwoman Rebecca Francik said she was glad to see the overlay program still in the plan. Pasco's street maintenance is better than some cities in the region, she said.

Public Works Director Ahmad Qayoumi said overlaying asphalt on city streets helps extend the life of the pavement by about a decade.

Councilman Bob Hoffmann, who voted against the plan, said he felt the Fourth Avenue project would be misspent money at this time.

Qayoumi said the plan also includes $250,000 for a citywide transportation system plan that will help refine the city's project list by identifying needed improvements.

Other projects listed for 2012 include realigning Harris Road between Broadmoor Boulevard and Sandifur Parkway, a I-182 corridor improvements study between roads 36 and 100, improving Road 68 between I-182 and Argent Road, miscellaneous street projects, citywide signal improvements and miscellaneous traffic signal upgrades.

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