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CITY OF GIG HARBOR 56TH STREET/POINT FOSDICK STREET IMPROVEMENT PROJECT

Gig Harbor, Wash. – April 2, 2012 –Starting in spring of 2012 the City of Gig Harbor will be undertaking a major construction project to widen and reconstruct a section of Point Fosdick Drive west of Olympic Drive to 56th Street, along with 56th Street from Point Fosdick Drive to Olympic Drive. The work to be completed consists of the construction of an entire new roadway including but not limited to the removal of old asphalt roadway, the installation of a new storm drain system, sanitary sewer force main, a center turn lane, curb/gutter and sidewalks, street lights, landscaping, and new asphalt roadway surface and traffic markings.

Funding for this project will be from a grant that the City received from the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board, additional City funds and private developer dollars.

Anticipated Preliminary Project Schedule

The City is currently out to public bid on this project and is scheduled to open bids on April 10, 2012. Following the bid opening the City will choose a contractor and award the construction contract at the April 23rd council meeting. Due to funding requirements the City will be issuing the Notice to Proceed on or before May 18, 2012 and we anticipate the bulk of construction to begin shortly after that date. Prior to May 18th you may see some preliminary construction being performed by Century Link, Puget Sound Energy, and Peninsula Light Company as they relocate their existing utilities to accommodate the project’s construction needs.

Project Milestones- PROJECT IS A GO!

On March 3, 2012 the members of the City of Gig Harbor City Council approved an agreement that commits funding for this project. The City appreciates the partnering efforts of a local developer (Hogan Enterprises) and staff members of the State Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) to make this possible.

Upcoming Public Meetings

A final public meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 9th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the City of Gig Harbor Civic Center. This meeting will be a great opportunity to review the project, see the construction schedule and to answer any questions that you may have prior to the start of construction. The public is strongly encouraged to attend.

Reminder

If you would like to receive information and construction updates on this project and be included on our stakeholders list, please provide your contact information to Jami Chunn at chunnj@cityofgigharbor.net or (253) 853-7625 and indicate you wish to be added to the stakeholders list for the 56th Street/Point Fosdick Drive Improvement Project. Also, please check the City’s website (www.cityofgigharbor.net) for routine project updates and notices.

Questions?

If there are any further questions please feel free to contact Marcos McGraw, Project Engineer at mcgrawm@cityofgigharbor.net or (253) 851-6170.