Bids for Deer Park-U.S. 101 underpass begin this month

Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — A schedule has been set for building a new underpass near Deer Park Road that has the call for bids April 30 and the project completed by next spring.

Clallam County Engineer Ross Tyler presented the timeline for the $7 million project at the commissioners’ regular Monday work session.

Bids will be opened May 21, the contract will be awarded May 28 and work will begin by July 9.

Construction will be completed less than a year later in what Tyler said was a best-case scenario.

“We’re pretty confident we’ll be done by spring to early midsummer of 2014,” he said in a later interview.

A new road beneath U.S. Highway 101 east of Port Angeles will eliminate the troublesome left turns from Deer Park Road and Buchanan Drive, county officials say.

The intersections at the eastern end of the Morse Creek “S” curve are noted for the landmark businesses C’est Si Bon restaurant, Deer Park Cinema and Wilder Auto Center.

The area saw four fatalities from 2001 to 2009 and several wrecks.

About 80 percent of the project is federally funded, while the rest is being covered with county real estate excise tax revenues.

During construction of the underpass, traffic will be detoured to a temporary road on an adjacent gravel pit.

A two-lane county road and 10-foot bicycle-pedestrian path also will be built that will curl around the rear of Deer Park Cinema, go under the highway and tie into Buchanan Drive near C’est Si Bon.

A scenic overlook and rest stop also will be upgraded on the westbound side of the highway near Buchanan as part of the overall $9.2 million project.

The rest stop will have vault toilets and room for drivers, including truckers, to park their vehicles overnight.

“It will be similar to a state [Department of Transportation] rest stop except there is no ability to get running water at this time,” Tyler said.

Last modified: April 22. 2013 6:12PM
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