Clallam County hires Port Angeles contractor for intersection overlays

The schedule for the road repairs will be announced in the coming weeks.

PORT ANGELES — Clallam County has hired a Port Angeles contractor to repair several major road intersections.

The three commissioners voted Tuesday to award a $569,411 contract to Lakeside Industries Inc. for repairs and hot-mix asphalt overlays.

Crews will grind up old surfaces, install new asphalt and mark the intersections of Old Olympic Highway and Cays, Carlsborg and Evans roads, U.S. Highway 101 and Diamond Point, Pioneer and Monroe roads, and Pioneer Road and Gales Street.

A stretch of Old Olympic Highway from Cays Road to the Dungeness River is also covered in the 2016 countywide intersection repair and hot-mix asphalt overlay contract.

“The intent is to get it done this fall before the weather turns so bad we can’t pave anymore,” County Engineer Ross Tyler said Tuesday.

Commissioner Mike Chapman noted that the local contractor’s winning bid was more than $200,000 under the $791,495 engineer’s estimate.

“Thank you very much to Lakeside Industries for doing a good job on behalf of the taxpayers,” Chapman said before a unanimous vote.

The intersection repair contract will result in more surface durability and less maintenance for the county, Tyler said after the meeting.

Previously, county road intersections were included in the county’s chip seal operation, which “just is not well-suited for intersections,” Tyler said.

The schedule for the intersection repairs will be announced in the coming weeks.

Alternating traffic will be in effect during construction as crews move from one intersection to the next.

“Lakeside being a local company, I have utmost confidence in their ability to handle the traffic in those types of intersections,” Tyler said.

Lakeside Industries submitted the lone bid, which commissioners opened in a public meeting last week.

In other county road news, commissioners Tuesday approved a modified match agreement with Western Federal Lands Highway Division for planned improvements to East Beach Road.

The road near Lake Crescent will be resurfaced — and larger culverts will be installed — next summer.

The estimated cost of the mostly federally funded project rose from $1.7 million to just over $2 million after preliminary engineering.

As a result, the county match went from $229,500 to $279,720.

Officials determined that a 19-foot-diameter culvert would be needed near Log Cabin Resort.

“We’re not going to leave anything in the ground like culverts that aren’t appropriate to be there for the next 100 years,” Tyler told commissioners in their Aug. 22 work session.

Officials also determined that more digging would be required before the 16-foot-wide road is resurfaced all the way to the Spruce Railroad trailhead.

U.S. Highway 101 will be reconstructed around Lake Crescent after the East Beach Road improvements are completed.

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Reporter Rob Ollikainen can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 56450, or at rollikainen@peninsuladailynews.com.

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