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Four towns will receive state T.I.B. street funds


January 3, 2019

The Town of Oakesdale will undertake surveying and engineering in 2019 for road reconstruction projects to be paid for by a grant from the state Transportation Improvement Board.

The annual grants were announced in November.

The $329,497 grant for Oakesdale will pay for resurfacing of the asphalt between the old fire station and the new one across First Street. Also, a stretch of Steptoe Avenue will be re-built near the county shop on the west side of town.

The T.I.B. this year funded 135 street and sidewalk improvement grants to local agencies for a total of $102.54 million.

“You keep on the list and eventually you get lucky once in awhile,” said Oakesdale Mayor Dennis Palmer.

Tekoa also received $639,812 in T.I.B. funding for resurfacing from Crosby Street to Park Street and Main Street to Howard Street. The work is expected to be done next summer.

LaCrosse received $166,237 for seal coating streets at several locations, and St. John received $146,110 surfacing Park, and Nob Hill Streets, Front, and Bartholow Steets.

Washington state legislature created the T.I.B. in 1988 for the purpose of administering six programs; Urban Arterial, Arterial Preservation, Small City Preservation, Sidewalk, Small City Arterial and Road Transfer programs.


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