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By Garth Meyer
Gazette Reporter 

Palouse gets south side sidewalk grant


April 4, 2019

The City of Palouse has been awarded $200,000 to install a sidewalk on Palouse Cove Road to the edge of downtown. The grant, from the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board’s new “Complete Streets” program, comes as part of an original plan for the sidewalk to connect to Lions Club Park along the Highway 27 entry into Palouse.

From there it would lead to a footbridge the city intends to build across the North Fork of the Palouse River to Hayton-Greene Park.

Funding for the footbridge was part of the city’s initial application for the program last November.

Since then, they were told the footbridge was ineligible.

Kyle Dixon, Palouse city administrator, then re-tooled the application to exclude the bridge.

“We wanted the infrastructure to get pedestrians down to it,” Dixon said.

The city will now look into other potential state agencies to fund the footbridge.

“We decided to just go for it with what we have, and that worked out great,” said Dixon.

The 1,200 to 1,500 feet of sidewalk on the town’s south hill, targeted to be built next year, will go along one side of Palouse Cove Road to Highway 27 where signs and a crosswalk will be installed.

“We’ll get everything else set up so the only thing we have left to go for is the bridge,” said Dixon.

The “Complete Streets” award focuses on alternative forms of transportation, requiring a nomination from a list of T.I.B.-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 town has added residents on the south hill with two new housing developments in recent years.

Recipients of the “Complete Streets” grants were announced March 21-22 at the T.I.B. monthly board meeting at the Red Lion Hotel Hanford House in Richland.

The agency received nominations for 46 cities for the award.

The first Complete Streets awards were granted in 2017.

Eligible entities are any city or county in the state which demonstrates a commitment to plan and build streets to accommodate users including pedestrians, transit users, cyclists and motorists.


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