The City of Sequim plans to begin paving West Fir Street on March 31, depending on weather. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

The City of Sequim plans to begin paving West Fir Street on March 31, depending on weather. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Paving of Sequim’s West Fir Street to begin Tuesday

SEQUIM — Asphalt paving of West Fir Street is expected to begin on Tuesday, weather permitting.

The paving project is slated for 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday.

While most construction projects throughout the state have been halted on orders from Gov. Jay Inslee, in part to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, city officials said the paving is “deemed an essential public facility that may be needed to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

At times a detour route will be in place directing traffic around the Sequim Avenue and North Fifth Avenue intersections with Fir Street while crews complete intersection paving. These intersections will not be closed at the same time.

Resident access will be provided; however, city officials urge drivers to heed to flaggers, cones and construction signage, and to be aware of large construction equipment and trucks and their backup alarms.

Emergency vehicle access will be provided at all times and emergency vehicles will be allowed to drive through the work zone during an emergency.

Access to the Sequim unit of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula and the school district kitchen will be provided, city officials said.

All construction activity will meet the social distancing and appropriate health and worker protection measures required by Inslee, city officials said.

Workers from Interwest Construction and Lakeside Industries are completing the project.

For more information, contact Sequim’s Department of Public Works at 360-683-4908.

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