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Airway Heights adopts six-year transportation improvement plan


Airway Heights had a glimpse into some of the projects that will be their annual six-year transportation improvement plan for 2015-2020.

Public Works director Kelly Williquette presented the plan during a public hearing at the June 16 City Council meeting.

One project scheduled for construction is the Highway 2 Sidewalk Project. According to the plan, curb, gutter and sidewalks will be installed on both of sides of the highway from Garfield Road to Deer Heights Road. A pedestrian/bicycle pathway will also be installed from Sunset Boulevard to Fairchild Air Force Base. Williquette said the bid for the project would go out soon.

In addition to the shared use path, the city plans to construct medians between Garfield Road and Craig Road, along with turn bays at key intersections and traffic control devises. There are also plans to install traffic lights along the highway at Craig Road, Deer Heights Road and Lundstrom Street. Williquette said these projects would be for traffic control along the highway.

“This is to keep people from cutting across traffic and causing hazards,” Williquette said.

The plan also includes decorative lighting and other improvements along the highway.

This year’s plan includes several projects were from last year, including the widening of Hayford Road, south of Highway 2. Williquette said Hayford Road was scheduled to undergo channelization during the highway reconstruction, however, that part of the project was pulled out.

“They told me they would do it next year,” Williquette said.

Williquette said some of the street reconstructions projects might change as the city puts together their pavement management plan.

“After we do our research, we may find that a street that was going to undergo reconstruction only needs to be rehabilitated and vice versa,” Williquette said.

Councilman Barron Williamson asked Williquette if he foresees being on schedule for these projects. Williquette said it would depend on the dollars the city receives from grants.

Following the public hearing, the council approved the resolution to adopt the plan.

Other business at the City Council meeting included:

• The adoption of the city’s Reclaimed Water System Plan.

• The approval of a resolution that declared July as Parks and Recreation Month in Airway Heights.

• The approved authorization of a of task order from Twelves Unlimited, Inc. to develop an economic development marketing publication for the city.

• City employees Justin VanDyke, Glenn Pike and Janis Fledum received plaques for completing the Associated Cities of Washington for completing the AWC Workers’ Comp Retro Program.

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