Repaving of Tucker Ave tops town's road project 'wish list'

Road projects occupied parts of the afternoon and evening agendas of the July 5 Friday Harbor Town Council meeting.

Funding for the projects remains a work in progress, however.

The council tentatively approved a $20,000 request from the Port of Friday Harbor to share the cost of a curb-and-sidewalk project on the west side of Mullis Street, between the Port's planned pilot's visitor center and the present sidewalk some 300 feet up the street.

Before formal approval, the council asked for an estimate of town engineering costs for the project, which the Port plans to fund from the Public Facilities Financing Assistance Program, now nearing approval by the County Council.

At the early evening session, the council reviewed a six-year local transportation improvement program prepared annually for the Washington state Transportation Improvement Board.

The first project on the wish list is repaving Tucker Avenue from Guard Street to University Way, including new curbs and sidewalks. Planning would be completed in 2014, with construction scheduled for 2015.

The $1,450,000 project is one of eleven road projects which might be funded during the next six years. Other projects include work on Grover Street, two projects on First Street and redoing the Spring Street-Argyle Avenue intersection, but the town council has also asked for other possible projects that should be considered.

What cannot be identified is the money to pay for any of the projects, although new town administrator Duncan Wilson thinks "the money can be found" from a combination of state and local sources.

— Steve Wehrly



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