Money for roads a top legislative priority for Maple Valley

Funding for several public works projects as well as supporting a reinstatement of liquor revenue sharing and supporting Covington’s project to widen Kent-Kangley at Jenkins Creek are the top legislative priorities for Maple Valley in 2014.

City Manager David Johnston presented the proposed priorities to council at the City Council meeting on Monday night, to which council members offered their consensus.

One of the projects the city will seek funding for is for improvements to state Route 169 between Witte Road and Southeast 240th Street.

The project would add a second northbound lane to that section of roadway as well as a bike lane, sidewalk, lighting, and landscaping.

The estimated cost of the project is $6.35 million, with $2 million to come from local funding and an additional $4.35 million needed.

A second project the city would like to see funded by the state is an extension to the water main at 240th Street.

Johnston told council that the project would improve service and make sure there are adequate levels of service for future commercial development at the Brandt property.

Additional legislative priorities for 2014 will be to support the Association of Washington Cities, a nonprofit group that represents Washington cities before the legislature.

Those priorities will include an effort to restore liquor revenue sharing among cities and the state, funding transportation needs, a share in marijuana revenues for cities, and rebuilding infrastructure funds including the Public Works Trust Fund.

Council members also discussed their desire to support Covington’s plans to widen Kent-Kangley from the Jenkins Creek bridge east of Wax Road to 185th Street and the benefits that project would have for residents and visitors as they drive to and from Maple Valley.

The 2014 legislative session will begin Jan. 13.


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