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Sequim closer to new transportation plan

June 27th, 2013 - 5:42am

(Sequim) -- The city of Sequim is moving closer to an update of its plans for improving transportation.

The city council is expected to sign off next month on an update to the city's document that outlines major transportation projects over the next 20 years.

Public Works Director Paul Haines said the list of expected improvements the city could see over the next 20 years would cost around $35 million dollars.

Haines said many projects on the list are decades away, Sequim could expect to see short term projects too.

"Some of the priority projects we're working on right now are Fir between Fifth and Sequim Avenue, we're ready to kick off the engineering on that soon. There's also a lot of interest in looking at improvement to the intersection of Washington and Sequim Avenue," said Haines.

Haines said to fund transportation improvements, Sequim relies on grants and growth.

"Most of that 35 million dollars comes from sources outside the city of Sequim. The good share of it is growth dependent, because we have an impact fee system that can add to capacity needs in some areas. About 14 million dollars in the 20 years we hope will be generated as growth comes in," said Haines.

The city council opened a public hearing on the issue this week and will continue the hearing at its next meeting July 8th. The council is expected to vote on the plan then.

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