Pullman City Council Moves Forward With Downtown Reconstruction Of Main Street Using Coronavirus Relief Funds With Expected Nearly Million Dollar Shortfall

Pullman City Council has agreed to move ahead with the downtown reconstruction project this summer despite the pared down work expected to run nearly a million dollars over budget.

Councilmembers reviewed the final design from the consultant engineering firm hired for the project during their meeting Tuesday night.  The work is scheduled to begin in mid-May and be completed at the end of October.  The project will completely reconstruct Main Street including reducing traffic on Main from three lanes down to two lanes between Paradise and Kamiaken Streets.  The work will build wider sidewalks, install new trees downtown and replace the Walk of Fame with a monument in the Pine Street Plaza.

The entire project as designed includes additional improvements for Grand Avenue, Olsen Street, Davis Way and the Pine Street Plaza.  The entire project is projected to cost 10.5 million dollars.  Pullman City Council agreed to move forward with a smaller project to only improve Main Street and build the new Walk of Fame monument.  That project is projected to cost nearly 8 million dollars.  The City of Pullman will use 6.9 million dollars in coronavirus relief money from the federal government to pay for the work.  There was no explanation on Tuesday night as to where the additional nearly million dollars would come from to pay for the expected cost of the Main Street only improvements.  You can listen to Pullman Mayor Glenn Johnson comment about moving forward with the project by clicking on the audio file below.