Mattawa sidewalk construction delayed

| June 23, 2020 10:25 PM

MATTAWA — The Mattawa City Council has voted to delay construction of a sidewalk construction project until next year due to possible funding issues. The decision was made during a regular city council meeting on Thursday, June 18.

The sidewalk project is being funded through the Transportation Improvement Board (TIB).

“It was recommended to wait until next year,” said Juan Ledezma, public works director for the city of Mattawa. “If we were to go ahead, the funds could run out. We don’t want to end up with half of a sidewalk.”

Ledezma pointed out that TIB might look more favorably on the city in the future if the council were to follow their recommendations.

The design for the project has already been completed. The new sidewalk will be installed along Government Way from Manson Lane, by the corner of the Mattawa Public Library and along the park. At Portage Avenue, it will switch to the south side of the street and continue to South Columbia Avenue. Ledezma said that along the south side of the street, there are sections of sidewalk that are missing. The project will fill in those gaps.

The delay will only be for six to eight months. Ledezma expects the project to go out to bid in January with construction starting in April.