July 26, The description of the improvements to the SR 240/Aaron Drive interchange has been corrected.

July 27, A map of the proposed improvements has been added below.

The Richland City Council will discuss the city’s five-year plan for capital improvements at their Tuesday night workshop. Capital projects are roads, parks and other infrastructure. A list of the projects are in the packet for the meeting — https://richlandwa.portal.civicclerk.com/event/4772/files

At almost $40 million, the SR 240/Aaron Drive interchange improvement is the most expensive project on the list. The city has been looking for state funding for that project for several years without much success.

The project is a priority for the Tri-City area, according to material provided by Richland City Manager John Amundson, which also includes the following description:

“The planned improvements which have received WSDOT and FHWA approval include a grade-separating bridge for southbound SR240 vehicular travel, a roundabout for the remaining ramp terminal travel at the intersection of SR 240 and Aaron Drive, and active transportation path facilities along Aaron Drive and across SR 240 to connect central Richland with a trail system in the Yakima River recreation area. The trail facilities eliminate a substantial barrier to active transportation travel and enable connection to a robust regional trail system for many low and moderate income residents of central Richland.”

The council has considered hiring a Washington, D.C. lobbyist to help seek federal funding for the road project that provides commuter access to a federal facility.

The meeting starts at 6 pm in Richland City Hall and can be seen live on Cable Channel 192 and Richland City View.