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Anderson Parkway budget boosted for contingencies

POULSBO — The remodel of Anderson Parkway will cost the city of Poulsbo a little more since the project was moved to February.

The council approved a $50,000 increase in the project budget Nov. 7, to cover any contingencies or delays the contractor runs into because of weather.

The project was originally planned for October. The parking lot will be rebuilt and outfitted with stormwater treatment features such as rain gardens, funded partly by a Department of Ecology grant.

Preparation will begin in January and paving will take place in February. The paving schedule will allow 60 percent of parking to be available during the project; the paving will take place in two three-day periods.

The total project will cost $570,000 — $270,000 from the stormwater grant, $125,000 from the city’s stormwater fund, and $175,000 from the parking improvement fund. Also included in the design, but not in the funding, are electric car conduits, more electrical wiring, and a new solid waste enclosure. These projects will cost an additional $38,000.

The parking lot will have fresh asphalt.

“Because the [subsurface] is very moisture sensitive — it is material which was dredged from the bay 30 years ago — we can not use previous asphalt,” said Assistant Public Works Director Andrzej Kasiniak via email.

The lot will also include objects to channel traffic, brighter lighting, raingardens, and more shrubs and groundcover along the Waterfront Park. The council decided at the Nov. 15 meeting the new lighting will go out for bid with two options: eight light poles at the state Department of Transportation standard 35 feet; or a combination of six standard lighting poles and four smaller, decorative poles near the pedestrian crossings. The combination version is estimated to cost $25,000 more than budgeted. The council will consider the bids and decide on the design and the price.

The lot will also be re-striped with straight, rather than diagonal, parking spots. Three one-way lanes will be replaced with two, wider two-way lanes. The amount of spots will also be increased by two, bumping parking in the downtown core to 1,201.

 

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