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Committee approves three road projects

Washington County's 'minor betterment' program to fund new sidewalks

Three small-scale, road improvement projects have been chosen by Washington County’s Minor Betterment Program selection committee.

The committee had considered more than 100 projects. Guidelines for projects include: its cost must be less than $500,000; construction must be on a county road; it must improve or resolve a specific situation; and it must address safety, capacity, environmental and/or connectivity issues.

The program will be funded by an allocation from the county road fund supported by gas taxes.

After whittling down the list and inviting the public to give input, the following projects have the green light for 2015-16:

• Northwest 174th Avenue between Bronson and Laidlaw. Construct 500 feet of 5-foot-wide paved pathway along the west side of 174th Avenue from Park View Drive to Carl Court. Provides a continuous pedestrian walkway from Park View to Country Drive, with access to Bethany Elementary School. Cost: $196,000.

• Northwest 113th Avenue between Anderson and Rainmont. Construct a sidewalk so pedestrians don’t have to walk in the travel lane with vehicles or alongside the road in the grass and mud. Provides a continuous pedestrian walkway along the west side of 113th Avenue from Valros to Damascus Street. Cost: $98,000.

• Southwest 173rd Avenue. Construct 500 feet of 5-foot-wide paved pathway to fill gaps in existing sidewalks and pathways along 173rd Avenue between Artesian and 171st near Elmonica Elementary School. Cost: $232,000.

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