Public invited to provide input for paths in the lower Yakima Valley

TOPPENISH – The public is invited to participate in an online survey to provide input on a plan to create paths in the lower Yakima Valley called the Heritage Connectivity Trails (HCT). Survey results will help Washington State Department of Transportation and project stakeholders design paths where they are needed most.

Heritage Connectivity Trails online survey

When: Sept. 28 to Oct. 31, 2023


Details: This brief survey is gathering information to determine which areas are needed most to create walking paths.

In partnership with the Yakama Nation, WSDOT was awarded a $1 million Federal RAISE grant for the first phase of the HCT project. Grant money will be used to complete a feasibility study, preliminary designs and environmental review for paths between Union Gap and Toppenish.

The overall HCT project develops over 150 miles of paths from Union Gap to White Swan to Mabton. This project is important because it provides safer alternatives for travelers along US 97, which has higher pedestrian fatality rates in the state of Washington, disproportionately affecting Native Americans and Alaska Natives.

Slow down on ice and snow.

It's easier to skid or lose control traveling at higher speeds. Give yourself more time to stop.

Carry chains, practice installing them.

Winter conditions could mean chains are required on your route. Practice putting them on your vehicle ahead of time.

Pack your winter car kit.

Carry extra supplies like warm clothing, ice scraper and brush, jumper cables and other emergency items.