The Pasco City Council has approved two agreements that signal the imminent start of two long-awaited projects that will transform and enhance downtown Pasco.

Click here for highlights of the August 3rd Pasco City Council meeting.

The first agreement was between the City of Pasco and BNSF Railroad for the easements needed for the soon-to-be-constructed Lewis Street Overpass. This project, which has been in the works for over twenty years, would replace the nearly 90-year old and functionally obsolete underpass with a state-of-the-art overpass that would better connect the downtown area with east Pasco for drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists.

With this approval, City and Washington State Department of Transportation staff can begin work to put into action the already approved funding for the overpass. City staff hopes to get this project out to bid in the next few months.

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The second agreement was for construction management of the renovation for Peanuts Park and the Farmer's Market area in downtown Pasco. This project would transform the 1970's era park into an updated plaza to be a gathering place for the Tri-Cities community. MacKay Sposito was the selected firm to manage the Peanuts Park renovations. This project should be going out to bid in the coming weeks.

Pasco Mayor Saul Martinez said, "I'm excited about the economic development and vitality these projects will bring to Downtown Pasco,"

More information on the Lewis Street Overpass project can be found here.

Peanuts Park and Farmer's Market renovation information here.

The City of Pasco strives to continue improving the quality of community life in Pasco.