Carnation plans wider sidewalks and safer crossings on Tolt Avenue

PSRC funding for a more pedestrian friendly main street

PSRC's rural funding program is supporting Carnation’s efforts to revitalize its downtown and improve Tolt Avenue.

The Tolt Avenue Central Business District Improvements project will add wider sidewalks, curb bulbs and safer crossings along a section of Highway 203 that runs through downtown Carnation.

The project includes re-grading and paving, undergrounding utilities, landscaping, and stormwater bio-retention along this busy state highway that also serves as Carnation's main street.

Carnation received $450,000 in PSRC Rural Town Centers and Corridors Funding in September.  This grant provides a final piece of the funding for the $5.6 million project. Past PSRC grants provided an additional $912,250 toward planning and design.

Construction is anticipated to start early in 2020 and be complete in February 2021.

In 2004, PSRC's Rural Town Centers and Corridors SR 203 Pilot Study helped to jumpstart planning to improve safety and support rural character in small towns and cities along Highway 203.

Between 2005 and 2019, the Rural Town Centers and Corridors program has provided $21.4 million to support 42 priority projects in the region’s smaller towns and cities.