Highway 101/6 Project Update
Happy Fourth of July; we’re halfway through! By this time next year, we should be wrapping the projects up with punchlist items. Not that there isn’t a long row to hoe yet, with all the work shifting to Main Avenue come Labor Day, but most of the surprises in the process should have been worked out by now.
We had some painful slowdowns at the beginning of the project as certain design elements had to be worked out and surprising underground discoveries kept cropping to further derail progress. And then the incessant rains stepped in to make the delays that much more pronounced. But we all, community and contractors alike, persevered.
With a concentrated acceleration of efforts this spring, we are now close to bringing the project back on track. The anticipated date for opening up the new northbound extension of Pacific Avenue is still holding on target for July 24th.
Therefore, before they break for a four-day weekend, the contractors will be pushing a little bit of nightwork these next couple of evenings in order to get the mast arms up on the huge black traffic signal poles that they have just installed. They’re also going to be pouring the eastside sidewalks and driveways south of Third down to Fourth so that they can focus on the sidewalks between Second and Third after the holidays.
The frosting on the nation’s birthday cake will be the installation of both the new information kiosk in the festival plaza and the decorative rails around the water quality wells along the side of the road, which is set to take place through the end of this week.
Then on to a fast-paced July as the contractors prep for the next big traffic change. The next year will reveal many marvels with the opening of the Pacific Avenue north lane across First, the development of the new Hoquarton Landing, the shaping of the second half of the new bridge, the rehabilitation of the Sue H. Elmore Park, and the construction of a bicycle/pedestrian path from Goodspeed Park to the downtown.
The other change that you will see is a different author of this bulletin as Jeannell Wyntergreen transitions out now to be replaced by Sierra Lauder on the next edition. It has been a pleasure producing this information, and hopefully it has been helpful to all of you readers as you go about your busy ways.
For further information regarding the project from this point on, please contact Sierra Lauder at the Chamber offices or email her at email@example.com. Again, my best to the entire community as this project comes to fruition and Tillamook comes through with a fresh and vibrant face forward. With that, I wish you all…
Good night and good luck.