Barricades block a section of Race Street at Park Avenue in Port Angeles as a crew trims trees on Tuesday. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Barricades block a section of Race Street at Park Avenue in Port Angeles as a crew trims trees on Tuesday. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Repairs of Race Street section to begin in two weeks

PORT ANGELES — Repairs to a damaged section of South Race Street will begin in two weeks and are expected to be completed by the end of this month, city officials said Tuesday.

Race Street remains closed between Park Avenue and Lauridsen Boulevard after a Feb. 16 water main break damaged the surrounding base material, said Thomas Hunter, Port Angeles Public Works and Utilities director.

“The water main break eroded both the roadbed and pavement, compromising the safety of the street,” the city announcement said.

“Repairs to the roadbed and pavement are necessary before the city can allow road traffic to resume.”

Drivers can detour along Lauridsen Boulevard or Park Avenue to South Liberty Street and continue to their destinations.

In a Wednesday email, Hunter said the engineer’s estimate for the repairs was $150,000 to $170,000.

Contractors have until Monday to submit a bid. The City Council will consider awarding a contract to the lowest responsible bidder March 16.

The city is bound by government agency policy and state bidding requirements, which impact the repair timeline, the announcement said.

“We thank you for your patience during this process,” city officials said.

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