Sequim plans downtown roadwork to start today

SEQUIM — City crews will begin replacing a water main and sewer main on North and South Sunnyside avenues from Maple Street to East Fir Street today.

Crews will work in the area between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Drivers can expect temporary roadway closures and lane closures. The road will remain open to residents living adjacent to the project work zone.

The project is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

It includes replacing a 6-inch asbestos cement water main that is near the end of its service life with an 8-inch polyvinyl chloride (PVC) main.

City crews also will replace a 12-inch concrete sewer main with an 18-inch PVC main to increase collection capacity to accommodate the Carlsborg sewer connection and future growth, the city said in a press release.

The project will then upgrade curb ramps on South Sunnyside Avenue to meet federal accessibility requirements and will overlay Sunnyside Avenue from Maple Street to East Fir Street.

That’s the first phase of a three-phase endeavor.

Phase two includes underground utility work constructed in the Sunnyside/Washington Street intersection. Work will be done from mid-January through February.

During construction, drivers can expect temporary closures of Washington Street at the Sunnyside intersection during overnight work from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Detours will be in place to help navigate drivers around the work zone.

Phase three includes underground utility work, sidewalk and curb ramp improvements, and final paving from Washington Street to Maple Street. That will be done between February and April. Work for phase three is scheduled for 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Drivers can expect temporary closures of South Sunnyside, and detours will be in place to help navigate drivers around the work zone.

Sidewalk and paving work will occur during the day between the hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Drivers can expect temporary lane closures and delays lasting five to 10 minutes.

This project will be funded in part by the state Drinking Water State Revolving Fund program and in part by the state Department of Ecology, Water Pollution Control State Revolving Fund program, with federal funds from the Environmental Protection Agency.

City utility funds and Clallam County funds as part of the Carlsborg sewer contribution also will be utilized.

The work will be conducted by Jordan Excavating of Port Angeles.

For more information, call the Sequim Public Works Department at 360-683-4908.

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