Journal of the San Juan Islands


Final stretch for town ‘Big Dig’ No. 2

April 21, 2014 · 7:09 PM

Construction workers install a ‘water vault’ at the intersection of First and Spring streets in mid-April. / Contributed photo

The night time work underway for the past six weeks on Spring Street in downtown Friday Harbor was wrapped by Friday, April 18, just as predicted by Town Administrator Duncan Wilson.

Lawson Construction, the contractor, had to wait for delivery of a large new water system vault, which was installed on First Street next to the old bank building that houses Coldwell Banker Real Estate. The new water mains have been tested but, according to town Public Works Director Wayne Haefele, a new hole will need to be dug to remove the two steel plates installed as part of the tests.

After that, the holes and trenches were patched with asphalt. When the weather warms, Haefele said that both Spring and First streets will be repaved.

All the work was done at night to minimize traffic and business disruptions, Wilson said, adding that the town received relatively few complaints.

All the 50-year-old water and sewer lines on Spring Street, from First to Front streets, and the sewer line on First Street have been replaced. The total cost of the completed project will be about $170,000.

“The cost would have been more, but our public works director, Wayne Haefele, did the engineering work himself, saving us thousands of dollars,” Wilson noted.

The current project is a continuation of water and sewer line replacements on Spring Street between Second and First streets completed in 2012 after the water main ruptured in front of the movie theater.

The final phase of the project will be replacement of water and sewer lines on Spring Street, from Argyle Avenue to Second Street. That project will be started in late fall or early winter, and should be completed before the end of the year.

Future Friday Harbor public works projects include multiple street improvements projects reported by the Journal and a new water main from Trout Lake Reservoir to the town.


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