If your daily commute includes travel through downtown Steilacoom, you might want to figure out some alternate routes for the summer and running all the way through October.
Commencing June 1, according to Town Administrator Paul Loveless, Rainier Street from Main to Union will be closed to through traffic while it is being rebuilt. When that portion of the street is completed, the construction will move north – Rainier from Main Street to Steilacoom Boulevard (the tunnel of trees) will be closed. The entire project will be accomplished in two phases and is expected to be finished in by the end of October.
Road construction information as well as survey stakes reveal extent of Rainier Street rebuilding project.
According to Loveless, the street will be widened to allow for two 12-foot lanes. A sidewalk will be added on the west side of the street and on-street parking will be permitted where feasible on the east side. He pointed out that the on-street parking will not occur everywhere along the road. Street lights will be added and they will be similar to those erected on Lafayette Street.
The street rebuilding project is a $2.3 million total project. All but $200,000 comes from city funds, the administrator explained. The $200,000 was a state planning grant.
Contractor on the project is Constructco of Sumner.