Thurston County commissioners and Olympia Mayor Doug Mah will break ground for the Yelm Highway Improvement Project on Thursday, May 6 at 2:00 p.m. The ceremony takes place on City of Olympia property across from Brassfield Road on Yelm Highway about a half-mile east from Henderson Boulevard.
County Commissioners Sandra Romero, Cathy Wolfe, and Karen Valenzuela, Mayor Mah, Stevan Gorcester, executive director of the State Transportation Improvement Board, and Intercity Transit General Manager Mike Harbour will speak at the ceremony.
The section of Yelm Highway between Henderson Boulevard and Rich Road (approximately 1.25 miles) will be widened to provide two travel lanes in each direction, sidewalks and bike lanes. Two roundabouts, one at Boulevard Road and one at Brassfield Street, will also be constructed. In conjunction with the county project, the City of Olympia will upgrade sewer and water utilities in the area. Construction, slated to begin in June, is expected to be completed by the end of 2011.
The $10 million road portion of the project is funded from several sources: State Transportation Improvement Board, $3.9 million; Thurston County Roads Fund, $3.5 million; federal funds, $1.6 million; City of Olympia, $603,000; County Mitigation fund, $444,000, and Intercity Transit, $15,000.
The May 6th ceremony is free and open to the public. Project details are available at: yelmhighwayinfo.blogspot.com/ or by calling 754-4580.