Due to the request for an update from a Yelm Community Blog reader, the following is the current status of the Yelm Bypass Phase 2:
“The $56,059,900 required for Phase II (the 3.4 mile section from Cullen to Wal-Mart Blvd. at SR 507), is currently unfunded.
While the City of Yelm is working with our area’s legislators in Olympia to arrange funding, this will be a hard-sell, with the current difficulty in the state’s budget-balancing process.”
City of Yelm officials ALL knew that going into this, as reported here April 3, 2009:
WSDOT Bypass Project Manager Dennis Engel told the Yelm Community Blog last January :
“The City of Yelm is working with the legislature about the possibility of splitting the project into stage 1 and 2, and changing some of the funding to be used for construction so stage 1 could be built.
…one possible solution is to move some of the stage two PE [engineering] and Right of Way [r-o-w] money to stage one construction work.”
Stage 1 – is a “Yelm High School Bypass” from Mud Run Rd. to Cullen Rd. (approx 1.1 miles)
Stage 2, the eastern, longer end of the Bypass is from Cullen Rd. to SR 507 & Wal-Mart, which now has no allocated funding until at least the 2021-2023 biennium.”
This split of the Bypass funding was requested by the City of Yelm to WSDOT.
However in doing so, the City of Yelm requested to transfer r-o-w [right-of-way] and engineering funding from Phase 2 to Phase One construction funding, so Phase One construction could begin, yet leaving Phase 2 with little to no remaining funds.
And, the city approved Wal-Mart to be built here by saying a Bypass would be built to their front door within 7 years of Wal-Mart’s July, 2007 opening to mitigate their traffic and allow their construction.
So, Wal-Mart received a building permit from the city for their traffic to be mitigated by an unfunded AND unbuilt road.
Would the city allow that for you or me?
We’d be admonished to leave the Council Chambers.
Phase 2 was to mitigate the Super Wal-Mart traffic and now looks like almost 15 years before any further funding would be considered by the legislature for that section, in violation of Yelm’s Transportation Plan.
Governor Gregoire said Phase II of the Yelm Bypass funding would not be on the Governor’s budget until the 2021-2023 biennium.
YAWN – HO-HUM!
WHAT ELSE IS NEW IN YELM, WITH THESE KIND OF DECISIONS FROM CITY HALL!