Port Angeles downtown to celebrate the end of the (construction improvement) mess

PORT ANGELES — One of the sure signs of spring this year is the disappearance of construction workers downtown as the city’s six-month sidewalk and water main project is completed.

And the Port Angeles Downtown Association plans to celebrate with a big community party.

Members are inviting all those who may have avoided Port Angeles’ downtown during the time of narrowed streets and noise — when it often resembled a war zone on the losing side — to come back and enjoy the updated sidewalks.

The party — complete with carnival games, prizes, a giant cake, hot dogs, and a dance in the First and Laurel street parking lot — will begin at 2 p.m. May 3.

“This celebration marks the completion of the 10-year project to replace the watermains and sidewalks that began in 1999,” said Barb Frederick, executive director of the downtown association.

“It’s also to let the public know downtown is open, as friendly as ever, and looking better than ever.”

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