Redesigned downtown sidewalk to be easier on businesses

PORT ANGELES – A $3 million project to upgrade sidewalks and replace water mains could begin as early as the end of September.

But no work will be done east of Cherry Street during the holidays, to reduce the impact on businesses.

The project went out to bid on Aug. 5 and the bid opening is set for 2 p.m. today at City Hall, 321 E. Fifth St.

The contract is for “90 working days,” or about four months, once the contractor gets permission to start.

City Engineer Steve Sperr said that could be by the end of September.

The project was redesigned to save money and keep it under budget, said Eric Walrath, the city’s assistant civil engineer.

The new design also will have the added benefit of reducing construction impacts to businesses along the route by moving much of the water main replacement work from the sidewalks to the parking lanes, he said.

Replacement of sidewalk along the north side of First Street between Valley and Cherry streets and a half block along the south side also was eliminated to reduce costs, Walrath said.

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