The City of Kennewick is planning for an improvement project at the intersection of N. Steptoe St. and Gage Blvd. this year. The project will construct double left turn lanes and single right turn lanes on all approaches (where not existing). Additional work includes improving signal operations and turning movements, updating ADA ramps, and upgrading lighting. A grant through Benton Franklin Council of Governments and the Federal Highway Administration has awarded funding to the City to acquire right-of-way, provide design engineering and construction for these improvements.
The planning process began in 2020 for right-of-way and design. The timing for construction is Summer/Fall of 2022 for this project. The project could potentially be extended through Spring of 2023 depending on weather and contractor availability.
What to Expect
The next phase will be utility relocates. Benton PUD will be moving poles along the east side, as well as relocating underground utilities. Cascade Natural Gas will be eliminating their above-ground metering station in the northwest corner as well. Underground water utilities will also need to be relocated on the southwest corner of the intersection.
An open house is scheduled for Wednesday, May 4, 2022, from 5 – 7 pm at Sunset View Elementary School for an opportunity for property owners, stakeholders, and the public to see the plans and ask questions to City staff.
The City's Current Projects web page will provide information during the construction phase at the following link: https://www.go2kennewick.com/597/Projects