By Nancy Covert
Like dandelions in the spring, bright yellow “detour signs” have sprouted along Gove and Third in Steilacoom while the Town’s latest improvement project is underway. The presence of construction equipment in the area provides area residents, motorists and pedestrians‚Äîparticularly school kids en route to Saltar’s Point Elementary‚Äîsomething different to look at on their daily route.
Work on the sidewalk that extends along the south side of Gove Street, and the east side of Third Street began in mid-April.
The project is “anticipated to take 45 working days, and be finished by mid June,” according to Mark Burlingame, Steilacoom’s Public Works Director.
The winning bid for the 3,500 lineal feet project, said Burlingame, was “$759,000‚Äîless than the $1.1 million engineer’s estimate.”
A grant from the Safe Routes to Schools, a federal highways program, administered through Washington State Department of Transportation “provided $367,000 toward the project’s cost, with the balance paid by the Town of Steilacoom,” Burlingame added.
Funding includes installation of curbs, gutters and sidewalks and a four-foot bike lane along the path’s route. The existing bike lane is being relocated to the other side of the street. Storm drainpipe also is being placed in the area.
The Chapman Addition area sidewalk project replaces a temporary asphalt walking path that was poured in the late 1990s to ensure safe walking-to-school conditions for Saltar’s Point Elementary School students, as well as that of area residents.
Work is being done by a crew from Les Russell Construction of Puyallup. Exceltech Consulting is the construction manager for the Town, added Rod Finkle of Exceltech.