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Maple Street Project Gains Funding

Board of commissioners agree to help pay for work

It looks like Bingen's Maple Street reconstruction plans are going to get a green light.

Last week, the Klickitat County Board of Commissioners agreed to provide $200,000 to help pay for the project, which includes widening the road, adding a sidewalk, landscaping, and repair of the railroad crossing.

On March 25, the County Commissioners voted 2-0 to provide the money to Bingen.

County Commissioner Rex Johnston said he believed it was a good project and deserved support. Although he was sick and not able to attend the meeting in which the vote was taken, Johnston said he backed providing the money for the Maple Street enhancements.

"I couldn't be there, but I would have voted for it in any case," Johnston said.

On Thursday, Bingen Mayor Brian Prigel made a presentation to the Washington Transportation Improvement Board at a meeting in Ellensburg, seeking an additional $285,000 to finish the work.

On Friday, the final piece of the puzzle fell into place when the city learned that the Transportation Improvement Board, after reviewing information about the project, agreed to contribute the requested $285,000 grant.

In addition to those funds, the city will add $140,000 of its own money to complete the funding package. The city's money will come from the street construction & maintenance fund, excise tax fund, and current expense fund.

With the financial support from the county and the state, city officials expect that the bid will soon be awarded.

"Our recommendation will be to go ahead and award the contract to the low bidder," explained Bingen Mayor Brian Prigel.

The low bidder is Nutter Corp., of Vancouver, which came in with a bid of $449,355.

The Bingen City Council is expected to make a final decision on whether to award the bid during its April 1 meeting.

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