Walla Walla sets legislative priorities

By on Thursday, November 30th, 2023 in Columbia Basin News More Top Stories

WALLA WALLA – With finishing U.S. 12 Phase 8 and the Clinton Street intersection at the top of the city of Walla Walla’s legislative priorities for 2024, City Manager Elizabeth Chamberlain updated the 16th Legislative District delegation this week on the city’s application for a federal grant.

During Monday’s special city council work session, Chamberlain explained to Sen. Perry Dozier (R-Waitsburg), Rep. Skyler Rude (R-Walla Walla) and Rep. Mark Klicker (R-Walla Walla) that the federal grant the city applied for to fund the Clinton Street interchange is new. The grant is meant to help connect or reconnect communities separated by state or U.S. highways.

Chamberlain said a city delegation spoke to the U.S Department of Transportation about the Clinton Street interchange project during a visit to Washington D.C. in October.

“We should hear about that grant in February, whether we were successful or not, for the Clinton interchange,” she said.

During Monday’s meeting, Chamberlain, along with Councilmember Rick Eskil, thanked the legislators for their work on securing the $21.8 million dollars needed to finish U.S. 12.

Chamberlain said the Washington State Department of Transportation is working on the design for Phase 8, which will complete the approximately 10 miles of new four-lane, divided highway that remains between Wallula and Nine Mile Hill.

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