From the City of Sumner:
Santa has come early in Sumner, and he's brought a couple of large ticket items for our entire city.
The first is a $9.6 million grant from the Federal Bridge Advisory Replacement Committee to replace the Bridge Street Bridge. Last year, the city had to put the 85-year-old bridge on a "diet," restricting trucks and buses from crossing it in an effort to preserve its remaining life for passenger vehicles and pedestrians.
This grant has gifted Sumner a long-term solution of a new bridge with expanded capacity and a long life ahead of it. Sumner is already soliciting Request for Qualifications for a consultant to provide the City with design and placement ideas. The goal is to provide something decorative and a way to build the new bridge that minimizes impact to traffic during construction.
And, at nearly the same time, another grant came in from the State level. The Transportation Improvement Board awared the City of Sumner a grant to continue repaving the East Valley Highway.
This funding will repave from Forest Canyon, where our funding stopped last year, to Clerget's Corner.
On behalf of all the drivers in Sumner, thank you, Santa (and the Federal government and the State of Washington)!