Entrance to Clallam County building to shift

Vehicle charging ports to be installed

PORT ANGELES — Employees and visitors to the Clallam County Courthouse will need to use a different entrance beginning Thursday for up to four weeks during a major landscaping project.

The first eight parking spaces adjacent to Fourth Street also will be fenced off beginning Thursday to complete installation of six electric vehicle charging ports.

Access to the courthouse’s main entrance will be unavailable for up to four weeks. Signage will reroute foot traffic through the Sheriff’s Office entrance on the courthouse’s east entrance, which will have its door propped open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday until the project is complete.

The project includes replacing a significant portion of the existing concrete sidewalks, curbs and landscaping, the county stated in a press release. It also will include several lighted bollards along the vehicular roundabout curb and additional lighting for security.

Also on Thursday, the first eight parking spaces adjacent to Fourth Street will be fenced off to replace the existing asphalt and install the six vehicle charging ports.

The project is funded by a $67,890 grant from the state Department of Commerce that requires a $13,578 match from the county.

The project was approved by the commissioners in the 2023 Real Estate Excise Tax project fund. REET funds will be used to cover the county’s match, Don Crawford, the county’s director of parks, fair and facilities, told the commissioners.

Crawford told the commissioners in March that the charging station was a project his predecessor had started.

The $201,725 landscaping project went to bid in mid-May and was awarded to Hoch Construction in June.

The project includes “replacing portions of the concrete sidewalks adjacent to the courthouse’s main entrance, installing additional pedestrian lighting, replacing some irrigation, and replanting the affected areas,” according to a staff memo.

The project also will include planting some trees, installing some bollards and some back lighting to illuminate the courthouse’s front entrance, Crawford said.

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Reporter Brian Gawley can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 55650, or at brian.gawley@soundpublishing.com.

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