By Rob Ollikainen
Peninsula Daily News
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Bruch & Bruch Construction of Port Angeles submitted a low bid of $444,965, with the next-best offers coming from Lakeside Industries of Port Angeles ($511,182) and Nordland Construction of Nordland ($523,779).
The engineer’s estimate of the cost of the federally funded safety project was $533,444, county Engineer Ross Tyler said.
The three commissioners referred the bids to the road department for analysis.
A bid likely will be awarded next week.
Kitchen-Dick Road will be widened from 24 feet to 34 feet between Woodcock and Lotzgesell roads, providing a 6-foot-wide gravel shoulder for pedestrians and cyclists.
Area residents have told county officials that the existing narrow shoulders pose a safety hazard to people walking their children and pets, particularly in the winter.
Early fall construction
The project will include slope improvements, a new guardrail, an asphalt overlay and a left-turn lane for southbound traffic where Kitchen-Dick Road meets Woodcock Road.
Construction is planned for the early fall.
In other board action, commissioners opened bidding on a project to pave 5.4 miles of the Olympic Discovery Trail between Cooper Ranch Road and Forest Service Road 2918 west of Lake Crescent.
The county is using federal funds to expand the trail to the West End.
30 years of service
The business meeting was preceded by a ceremony recognizing Jef Boyd for his 30 years of service as a full-time deputy sheriff.
Boyd, a longtime D.A.R.E (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) and marine patrol officer, retired from the Sheriff’s Office on Friday.
“He’s done just about everything,” Clallam County Sheriff Bill Benedict said.
Benedict said the success of the D.A.R.E. program was largely dependent on the personality of the officer.
The program was shut down locally because of budget cuts in 2008.
“We were so fortunate to have Jef because Jef connected with the students and the parents in an incredible way,” Benedict said.
Boyd received the Sheriff’s Star award, a framed etching of the Clallam County Courthouse and a shadowbox displaying his uniform and various awards and patches.
Speakers at the ceremony included county Prosecuting Attorney Deb Kelly, Superior Court Judge George L. Wood and Chief Criminal Deputy Ron Cameron.
“I’ve had a wonderful career here,” Boyd said.
Reporter Rob Ollikainen can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5072, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.