At a recent council meeting, Pasco city administrators are looking into spending the funds necessary to study the effects of consolidation with Richland and Kennewick, and also for the best placement of a new bridge across the Columbia linking the cities physically.
Many members of the council appeared open to such an idea of uniting the area into one metropolitan community. Although the plan was met with resistence in the past, the new examination could afford another perspective as to the needs of a growing Tri-Cities.
With the growth foreseeable for the Tri-Cities, an additional bridge crossing the river is being studied as to the best location. Over time, anticipated traffic congestion is a concern so the Benton-Franklin Council of Governments will be taking a look at all the potential benefits a new bridge would present.