In late April, construction of a sidewalk improvement project on Main Street in Freeland between the driveway to Payless Foods and the U.S. Post Office will begin.
The construction work will be performed by the contractor Krieg Construction Inc. of Oak Harbor under the direction of the Island County Public Works Department.
Joe Araucto, a Public Works engineer, said the funding comes entirely from county funds. The bid from Krieg Construction was for $77,646.50.
The project is focused on improving the accessibility for people walking between the U. S. Post Office and Payless Foods in Freeland and improving storm water management.
The existing sidewalk is a gravel path with low overhanging trees. Work began in January with the relocation of a guy pole to allow the widening of the pedestrian path. The new sidewalk, ramps, curb and gutter will allow easier access for all people using the sidewalk to access the U.S. Post Office and the Payless Foods shopping area. It will also aid in better management of storm water coming from the adjacent roadway. The existing trees will be removed, and new trees will be planted by the Friends of Freeland after the contractor has completed the improvements.
During construction two-lane traffic for vehicles and a pedestrian path will be maintained during the work with some delays expected. The road will be open to normal traffic and pedestrian operations evenings and weekends. The public is encouraged to use alternate routes during the construction period to ease their commute.
Construction is anticipated to be completed by the end of May. If concerns occur during construction, contact the Island County Public Works offices at 360-679-7331.