More funding expected for Fir Street in Sequim

SEQUIM — City staff members anticipate more financial assistance when construction begins to reconstruct Fir Street between Sequim Avenue and Fifth Avenue.

Construction is tentatively expected to begin in late 2017 or early 2018.

Matt Klontz, Sequim city engineer, said last week that the city of Sequim ranks fifth of 126 applicants for the Safe Routes to School Program to receive $231,000 through the state Department of Transportation pending the Legislature’s approval next year.

Klontz said the grant will reduce the city’s budgeted expenses from the $793,500 planned for 2017.

In November, city staff learned Sequim received a $3.1 million grant from the state Transportation Improvement Board for the project.

In total, the project is estimated at about $4.436 million including design and staff time used previously.

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