A reader board on South I Street warns motorists of upcoming work to pave West 10 Street. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

A reader board on South I Street warns motorists of upcoming work to pave West 10 Street. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Port Angeles to finish 10th Street work

Drivers can expect construction Monday through April 12

PORT ANGELES — City crews will begin the last phase of road work on West 10th Street in Port Angeles on Monday.

Construction between South N and I streets will include a final 2-inch layer of asphalt, roadside restoration and striping, city officials said.

Paving is set from Wednesday to Friday.

The $2.5 million project began last July and stopped in December for the winter. The work scheduled to resume Monday will be completed by the end of April, Project Manager Jonathan Boehme said.

During construction, West 10th Street will be closed to through traffic between N and I streets. South M Street also will be closed north of 10th Street.

Traffic will be directed through the construction by flaggers.

A reader board posted near the corners of 10th and I and 10th and N streets advises drivers to expect construction Monday through April 12.

“Our goal is to complete the project with as little inconvenience as possible while keeping safety of the public, pedestrians and motorists a top priority,” Boehme said in a Tuesday statement.

“Use alternate routes and watch for trucks entering and leaving N Street and I Street. Please remember, slow down for safety, and observe the posted 20 mph speed limit.”

The 10th Street project is the first use of local Transportation Benefit District sales tax funding, which was approved by voters in August 2017.

The project was accelerated with the recent availability of the state Transportation Improvement Board funding, Boehme said.

Lakeside Industries of Port Angeles submitted the lowest bid and received a $2.5 million contract to rebuild the 0.6-mile section of the street last summer.

The project includes new bicycle lanes on both sides and a sidewalk to improve safety for pedestrians and students walking to and from Hamilton Elementary School.

Aging water mains have been replaced as part of the project.

The city matched a $1.25 million state grant with $504,999 in Transportation Benefit District funding and $145,000 in real estate excise taxes. The remainder will be covered by stormwater and water utility funds, according to city documents.

Construction was delayed last summer by a 17-day August strike by Local 302 of the International Union of Operating Engineers in Western Washington.

For updates on the 10th Street project, go to the city’s website, www.cityofpa.us.

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Reporter Rob Ollikainen can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 56450, or at [email protected].

A jogger makes her way along a portion of West 10th Street at South M Street on Wednesday in Port Angeles. The street will be closed for up to two weeks in April for paving, part of a street rehabilitation project that began last year. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

A jogger makes her way along a portion of West 10th Street at South M Street on Wednesday in Port Angeles. The street will be closed for up to two weeks in April for paving, part of a street rehabilitation project that began last year. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

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