Submitted by the Town of Friday Harbor
The Town of Friday Harbor’s Park Street Sewer and Water Main Replacement project is nearly complete. The town has contracted with San Juan County Public Works to provide chip sealing services to restore the roadway surface next week. Important construction and road closure dates follow.
Monday, July 17 – San Juan County Public Works will mobilize equipment on Park Street in the morning. The crew will be grinding the existing pavement on Monday, Tuesday and possibly Wednesday.
Wednesday, July 19 – San Juan County Public Works will haul in and spread gravel, reshape the roadway, and then compact it on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.
Monday, July 24 – San Juan County Public Works will begin chip sealing. The chip sealing process is expected to be done within the day.
Park Street – In order to do this work, Park Street will be closed to through traffic (local access only) from Monday, July 17 through Friday, July 21, and again on Monday, July 24. During these times all vehicles MUST be off the street.
Marguerite Place – At times during work near the intersection, Marguerite Place in its entirety (from Spring Street to Guard Street) will be closed to through traffic. Crosstown traffic should detour to Blair Avenue. Local access will be granted up to, but not through, the Park Street/Marguerite Place intersection. Every effort will be made to quickly reopen Marguerite Place.
Parking – “No Parking” signs will be placed along both sides of the streets prior to the work so vehicles can be moved from the street or shoulder. Vehicles left on Park Street during work hours must be towed at the owner’s expense. Parking restrictions are typically removed as soon as the chip-seal application is done.
Local Access – Access to driveways may be disrupted for a few minutes, but SJCPW crews will work to minimize delays. The new surface can be driven on almost immediately, but slow speeds are required.
Sweeping – Expect loose rock after the chip sealing. The street will be swept within several days to remove the excess loose rock.
Drive Slowly – Please drive slowly, no faster than 15 mph, on the new surface for the first several days. This will help the new surface to set and prevent potholes and the loosening of aggregate.
Motorcyclists and Bicyclists – Due to the loose rock, motorcyclists and bicyclists should use extreme caution and consider using alternative routes until the road surface stabilizes.
Pets – To avoid contact with the asphalt emulsion on the street, please keep pets indoors or fenced-in during the day of the chip seal project.
Every effort will be made limit closures and to have both lanes of traffic open in the evenings and on the weekend.
The town thanks you in advance for your cooperation. Questions regarding this project can be directed to Town Administrator Wilson at 360-378-2810 or Town Public Works Department at 360-378-2154.