SEQUIM — It will cost three times as much to route the Olympic Discovery Trail on the south side of U.S. Highway 101 east of Sequim as it will on the north side.
Clallam County commissioners received cost estimates on three alternatives for the trail between Whitefeather Way and Blyn during their Monday work session.
They also received a map showing the location of the three alternatives — one of which winds into the foothills south of U.S. 101 near Marshall Road.
The cost estimates, according to senior planner Rich James, were based on standard prices for property acquisition and construction.
A route south of the highway is favored by people living in the area known as Schoolhouse Point east of Sequim Bay State Park. Those residents are protesting having the trail — which will eventually link Port Townsend with Forks — come through their neighborhood.
The southern trail route would be 6.85 miles long and cost $1.4 million. The route has 50 parcels of land with 40 owners.
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