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A gravel path leads up to Mill Pond Elementary on Mill Road. The City of Yelm plans on constructing a quarter-mile long sidewalk that would fix trouble spots for pedestrians and students who walk to either Mill Pond or Ridgeline Middle School.

The City of Yelm will receive $300,000 from the state to help with construction costs associated with a new sidewalk project on Mill Road aimed at increasing pedestrian safety. 

According to a press release from the city, Yelm will receive the funds from the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board for the new sidewalk. The total cost of the project is estimated at about $710,000, with roughly $410,000 coming from city funds. 

Mill Road has been a problem spot for city officials for decades. Portions of the road, often traveled on by students from Mill Pond Elementary and nearby Ridgeline Middle School, do not have safe sidewalk channels for students. 

“This is such an important project for our students who walk to school and one that we have all wanted to see come to fruition for a long time,” Mayor JW Foster said. “We needed to get this done for the safety of our students.” 

The new sidewalk will be about 6 feet wide and will feature 1,130 feet of ADA-compliant sidewalk running from 104th Way to 107th Loop, according to the city. 

Last August, Foster signed a $90,000 design agreement for the project, which is scheduled for completion this summer. 

“This is a great example of the diligence and persistence we have as a city. We are constantly reaching out to state agencies to bring taxpayer dollars back to Yelm, which allows us to complete projects that we couldn’t have accomplished on our own,” Foster said. 

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