Road construction hot spots in Pasco next year could include improvements to Road 68 and surrounding streets, widening of Argent Road and improvements to Oregon Avenue.
The city council during a workshop Monday looked at a six-year transportation plan that included those projects and more on the list for 2013.
Cities and counties in Washington are required to approve a six-year transportation plan each year that prioritizes projects for federal and state funding.
The prioritized list is part of the process toward getting grant money to help pay for projects.
In addition to general projects such as citywide street maintenance, signal improvements and chip sealing in alleys, the list presented by Public Works Director Ahmad Qayoumi on Monday included 13 projects planned for 2013 at a total estimated cost of about $6 million.
Major projects planned next year include:
w $2.5 million to widen Argent Road to five lanes between 20th Avenue and Road 40 along property owned by the Port of Pasco and Columbia Basin College.
w $1.4 million for improvements to Oregon Avenue from Interstate 182 to Lewis Street.
w $887,000 for design and the first phase of construction on improvements to Powerline Road from Road 68 to Road 100, a project designed to relieve congestion on Road 68.
w $233,550 for a second phase of improvements to Road 68 between Sandifur Parkway and I-182.
The city also plans some smaller projects around Road 68, such as $50,000 to improve the left- and right-turn pockets on Burden Boulevard in anticipation of growing amounts of traffic.
The council will have a public hearing on the plan next week.
Also at Monday's workshop:
w The council heard an update on negotiations for renewing Charter Communications' cable franchise in the city. Consultant Sue Buske expects to bring draft city code language to the council in August or September.
w The council discussed sending a letter to the state and federal governments asking them to reconcile conflicts between state and federal laws regarding medical marijuana.
Both items likely will be considered at next week's meeting.