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By Garth Meyer
Gazette Reporter 

Palouse denied park link grant


February 21, 2019

The City of Palouse has been turned down on its grant application to the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board to build a pedestrian bridge to cross the Palouse River from Heyton Greene Park to near Ancel Jeffers Lions Club Park.

The denial stated that the park is not eligible because it does not connect directly to a street.

The footbridge would have started at the park near the swimming pool and crossed to the other side of the North Fork of Palouse River about 50 yards down from the Lions Club Park lot next to the car wash.

The project tied into the city’s plans to better connect the south hill of Palouse to the park. A sidewalk has been proposed on Palouse Cove Road to Highway 27 where a crosswalk would go.

From there, a pedestrian could walk into the Jeffers park, walk up a short path along the river to the footbridge and cross into the main city park.

The town has increasing residents on the south hill part of town with two new housing developments.

For the grant, the city was nominated last November as part of a new program of the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board called “The Complete Streets Award,” which focuses on alternative forms of transportation.

The T.I.B. program requires a nomination from a list of board-approved state agencies and non-profit organizations such as Cascade Bicycle Club and Washington Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation.

The state Department of Commerce made the nomination for Palouse.

The grant would have been for up to $300,000. Since the Palouse project was nominated, the city’s next task was to write out a plan for creating the bridge from a $100,000 grant, a $200,000 and a $300,000 grant. The city could now revise their plan and re-apply for the sidewalk part of the overall goal.

The first Complete Streets awards were granted in January of 2017. Eligible entities are any city or county in the state which shows a commitment to plan and build streets to accommodate users including pedestrians, transit users, cyclists and motorists.


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