Yakima County road projects get boost from millions of federal dollars

YAKIMA. Wash. -- Taxpayer money will kick start several local street projects here in Yakima County.

They're considered "shovel-ready" projects where work could begin immediately.

$5 million will widen and straighten Fort Road. There's also enough money for a new four-way stop light at Terrace Heights Drive and Butterfield Road.

Some of these projects have been stalled more than a decade.

"It's really nice to see after twelve years that Yakima County is dedicated to doing whatever it takes, however long it takes, to get these projects funded," said Alan Adolph, Yakima County Transportation Manager.

Yakima County isn't stopping there. It will keep applying for up to $40 million in federal money to tackle dozens of local street projects.