Marine Drive in Port Angeles, shown Tuesday, is slated for repaving this summer to replace the aging and frequently-patched road surface. (KEITH THORPE/PENINSULA DAILY NEWS)

Marine Drive in Port Angeles, shown Tuesday, is slated for repaving this summer to replace the aging and frequently-patched road surface. (KEITH THORPE/PENINSULA DAILY NEWS)

Bumpy section of Port Angeles' Marine Drive to be repaved

PORT ANGELES — Bids for repaving and improving Marine Drive between the Tumwater Truck Route and Hill Street will be opened March 21 with construction beginning sometime after June 15, according to City of Port Angeles spokeswoman Jessica Straits.

The estimated $1.1 million project will include removing and replacing the existing 1.1 miles of roadway, new traffic markings, plus removal and replacement of curbs, ramps and sidewalks, according to the project specifics. It won’t begin before June 17 so hot asphalt can be available.

Mike Healy, the city’s public works director, said the project will be funded by a $740,149 grant from the state Transportation Improvement Board and a $180,000 credit from contractor Scarsella Bros. of Kent, which did the wastewater capacity improvements last year.

“We had in (the contract) repaving of an area that was disturbed; the contractor had to replace the area torn up,” Healy said.

However, Scarsella only applied cold mix, which doesn’t work as well, because the weather wasn’t warm enough for hot asphalt, he said.

“The capacity contractor (Scarsella) will bring it up to code. We got a grant to pave from curb to curb. When we get the bids, we will sit down with the low bidder for a pre-construction meeting and see how it goes. The funding is within the engineer’s estimate, so I’m pretty confident about it,” Healy said.

The wastewater capacity improvement project replaced the Pump Station 3 (Hill Street and Marine Drive) force main and increased capacity of the West Fourth Street sewer from the intersection of Milwaukee Drive and N Street to the intersection of Fourth Street and Evans Avenue.

The area contains 41 percent of the city’s utility customers and a significant portion of the city’s projected growth, according to the city’s website.

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Reporter Brian Gawley can be reached at brian.gawley@peninsulanews.us.

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