(JARED ARNOLD/Chewelah Independent)
ON THE MOVE: Chewelah Council approves Six Year Transportation Plan which includes several improvements to local streets…
Near the end of June, the Chewelah City Council approved its Six Year Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) last Wednesday evening, June 17. The meeting was held by teleconference due to COVID19 restrictions put in place by the governor.
The TIP is a short-range plan required by Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) that is updated annually and shows the sources and amount of funding for potential transportation projects over the next six years.
The plan, which covers years 2021 to 2026, outlines and prioritizes 18 projects totaling $8.38 million, including: Lincoln Ave. resurfacing from Ehorn Ln. to Valley Ave.; Stevens St. sidewalks from Main Ave. to Lincoln Ave.; Main Ave. sidewalks from 2nd St. West to Hunt St.; 4th St. East sidewalks from Main Ave. to Sunny Ave.; remove parking from Hwy 395 to create center turn lane; 1st St. West reconstruction from Webster Ave. to Lincoln Ave.; 4th St. East construction from Webster Ave. to Washington Ave.; 6th St. East reconstruction from Webster Ave. to Lincoln Ave.; Traffic round-about at intersection of Hwy 395 and Sand Canyon Rd.; Clay Ave. reconstruction from 3rd St. West to 4th St. West; 3rd St. West reconstruction from Main Ave. to Clay Ave.; Robert Ave. reconstruction from 4th St. West to Stevens St.; 4th St. West reconstruction from King Ave. to Court Ave.; pedestrian path along Chewelah Creek from Jenne Memorial Park to City Hall; and various chip sealing projects.
Although not all of the listed projects will receive funding over the six year period, public works director Mike Frizzell said that the Stevens St. sidewalk project is currently underway and grant funding has been approved by WSDOT for the resurfacing of Lincoln Ave. between Ehorn Ln. and Stevens St. No starting date was given for the Lincoln Ave. project.