Work to revitalize Yakima's North First Street continues today with the first of a three phase project. The first phase started last month focusing on the installation of new underground utilities, including water and sewer pipes. Crews are now busy removing pavement and digging trenches for the new utilities.

A news release from the city gives more details;

"Phase 1 includes improvements being made between Highway 12 to the north and about N Street to the south. It is estimated to cost about $3.3 million and is being paid for mostly with federal and state funds.  Phase 1 is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2019.

Phase 2 includes improvements from about N Street to the north to about I Street to the south. It is scheduled to begin in spring 2020 and be completed by the end of that year.  Phase 2, which is estimated to cost about $3 million, will be paid for mostly from revenues generated through a $20 annual car tab fee adopted by the Yakima City Council during its 2018 budget process.

Phase 3 includes improvements from about I Street to the north to MLK Jr. Boulevard to the south. It will also be paid for mostly by revenues generated from car tab fees.  Construction on Phase 3, which is estimated to cost about $9.2 million, is scheduled to begin in spring 2021 and be completed by the end of that year.

Regular updates on the progress of the North 1st Street Revitalization Project will be provided through the City’s various communications platforms including the City website, City social media sites, news releases, etc."