Long sprint to add sidewalks on Northeast 68th Street

first_imgResidents on and near Northeast 68th Street have tried to get sidewalks on the narrow road for quite a while.“My husband was trying to get them so we could walk with our kids to Hazel Dell Park when they were younger,” Sherry Van Cleve said. “They’re 50 now. I have grandkids in their 30s.”Van Cleve’s husband, Bud Van Cleve — or the “Mayor of Hazel Dell,” as he was known — wasn’t able to get sidewalks for the street before he died in November 2014. The project quieted down a bit after his death because “nobody was stirring the pot,” Sherry Van Cleve said.Now, it appears like the street is close to getting sidewalks thanks to a bunch of pot stirrers in the Northeast Hazel Dell Neighborhood Association.Getting sidewalks on 68th Street was named the highest-scoring project on the county’s Sidewalk Infill Priority List, and the county applied for a 2017 Transportation Alternatives Program grant through the Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council.Since there are limited grant funds, the county requested $800,000 for the grant to go toward the $2.1 million project. If the grant money comes through, the county would have to find funding from elsewhere for the rest of the project.last_img

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