Kennewick to finish section of Hildebrand

Those driving in the Southridge area soon could have an easier time of it. The Kennewick City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to complete the section of Hildebrand Boulevard between Southridge Boulevard and Sherman Road.

The city originally agreed that the developer, Southridge Tri-Cities Development, would build the center lanes and median after the lots along the road site were sold. Then the city would build the two outer lanes of the road and complete the landscaping, said Peter Beaudry, director of municipal services.

"But this could mean that the road wouldn't be completed for 10, maybe 20 years," Beaudry said. By agreeing to build the center lanes and median now the city gains a usable road years earlier. The city's portion of the costs already have been included in the Local Revitalization Financing program.

"The two outer lanes can be added later. They won't be needed until the development is completed and traffic warrants it," he said.

Also Tuesday, the council:

-- Decided to accept $42,746 from the federal Edward R. Byrne Justice Assistance Grant Program, along with Benton County and Richland. Kennewick gets $25,647, Richland will get $10,686 and Benton County will receive $6,413.