Projects free money for Anderson Parkway lighting

POULSBO — The Anderson Parkway remodel project will include enhanced lighting, thanks to some cost-saving measures.

The City Council accepted on Wednesday Seton Construction’s bid of $529,037 for the parkway remodel, which includes the council’s “alternative B” lighting plan. Engineering staff will meet with the contractor to come up with a construction timeline, which will be presented to the council later this month. Construction is expected to start in February.

The project’s funds come from a $270,000 Department of Ecology grant for stormwater improvements, $125,000 from the city’s stormwater fund and $175,000 from the city’s road fund. Alternative B lighting plan was expected to cost $40,228 over the project’s budget, but will now be covered by funds saved from the Noll Road improvement project (which came in $46,000 under cost). In addition, Seton’s bid is more than $18,000 less than the city’s engineering estimate.

The lighting plan includes replacing state Department of Transportation standard light poles in the middle of the parking lot with two smaller, decorative light poles along the pedestrian corridors. The plan will also add two 35-feet tall light poles on the perimeter of Waterfront Park, according to Assistant Public Works Director Andrzej Kasiniak.

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.

The parking lot will be rebuilt and outfitted with stormwater treatment features such as rain gardens. The 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,” Assistant Public Works Director Andrzej Kasiniak wrote in a previous email.

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 lot will also include objects to channel traffic — raingardens and shrubbery — brighter lighting and groundcover along Waterfront Park.

The project includes a 10 percent cost contingency if the project is delayed because of weather.


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