Downtown Port Angeles projects continuing

PORT ANGELES — Another concrete pour for the Port Angeles International Gateway Transportation Center is scheduled for today, but it won’t require street closures as last week’s project did.

The concrete is for the walls of the project’s western garage.

Work up to now has consisted of building the forms and rebar for the garage’s walls.

Last Monday, about 700 cubic yards of concrete was poured for the project’s pavilion deck to the east, requiring temporary closure of a portion of Lincoln Street.

The $13.8 million Gateway Center will include a transit building with a public plaza topped by a pavilion roof, clock tower, a bus lane and a two-tier parking garage.

It is being built along Lincoln Street between Railroad Avenue and Front Street.

Primo Construction of Carlsborg began construction last June and is expected to finish in late summer.

Installation of the large stormwater filter unit underneath the MV Coho ferry terminal was completed prior to today’s resumption of ferry service following a two-week maintenance period.

But stormwater drainage lines continue to be installed along Railroad Avenue.

The street will remain open with traffic being reduced, as necessary, to one lane and controlled by flaggers to provide two-way access.

Although some work in the area will continue this week, Coho passengers will have full access to the terminal.

The planned five-day closure of Laurel Street between the alley and Railroad Avenue has been delayed until the storm water line work along Railroad Avenue is completed.

The work will involve installing storm water drainage lines down the middle of Laurel Street.

Farther to the north and west, work continues on the $2.4 million downtown sidewalk and water main project being built by IMCO General Construction of Bellingham.

Water mains have been installed along Front Street between Laurel and Oak streets and customers have been switched over.

Front Street between Laurel and Oak streets will return to two lanes this week, but the north lane still will close periodically to complete construction of the sidewalk walls, and installation of the curbs and pavers.

Work also continues on the south side of First Street between Cherry and Oak streets.

Parking on the south side of the street will be prohibited with periodic closures of the south traffic lane as necessary.

Closure of Laurel Street between Front and First streets will continue during reconstruction of the sidewalk on the street’s west side.

The failing sidewalk was removed and footings, columns and beams are being installed to support the new sidewalk over the historical Port Angeles Underground area below.

Businesses remain open with pedestrian access across temporary footbridges.

Construction work is scheduled between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, after which traffic lanes on Laurel, First and Front street will reopen to traffic.

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