RICHLAND, Wash.-- The REACH Interpretive Center is finally cleared for construction.
Friday they got the green light from the Washington State Department of Transportation to begin construction of the infrastructure phase. It's a huge milestone for the ten year old project and everyone in the Tri-Cities who has contributed.
Construction of the $3 million infrastructure phase is expected to begin around July 9th. Lisa Toomey, Executive Director of The REACH Interpretive Center, knows that this step makes it very real now for everyone.
"This project is ten years old and through it all everyone's been very faithful. Now that the contract has been awarded, the project will be real. The tractors and the backhoes will be out on the site and moving dirt," said Toomey.
The infrastructure phase is expected to be completed by the end of the year. At that point, if they have raised all the funding for the first structure, they can begin construction on the building without further clearance. With the recent boost in funding they are confident they will start putting up the first building early 2013.