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October 9, 2014

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Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 -Mason County Journal- Page A-7 Construction project set ..,,. oi,, ,,a ne, to ,e,a, ,,e o,,e. ,.o projects until 2015, he said. Clark said he was informed by the city's to begin in summerY,u iJ Finance Department that it will collect about $70,000 in Real Estate Excise Tax (REET) dol- lars this year. Usually, those dollars are spent GORDON WEEKS the following year, but Clark said he learned gordon@masoncoun~com they can be spent this year. That leaves the Pioneer Way/Lake Boule- Three and half miles of cracking, crumbling, vard project to complete. pothole-scarred Pioneer Way/Lake Boulevard So the city used its own crew to replace is scheduled to be torn up and replaced begin- Turner Avenue for about $60,000, Clark said. ning next year in a $3.5 million construction Pioneer Way veers off state Route 3/First project by the city of Shelton. Street as it climbs out of the south end of "It's been on the city's wish list for a long downtown Shelton. time," said Mike Michael, the city's engineer. The street climbs the hill on broken old con- About 70 percent of the project's design is crete panels. It was once part of the old state done, and the rest should be completed by the highway, and drivers can still see abandoned end of March at the latest, Michael said. The roadway on the right, exposed through weeds. city will advertise for bids from construction After the construction, drivers climbing companies in spring 2015 and work is sched- the hill will see new curbs and gutters on uled to begin in summer 2015, he said. the right and curbs or shoulders on the left. "We're rebuilding the road from side to There will be a four-leg intersection at Pioneer side," Michael said. Way, Lake Boulevard and University Avenue, "It's a year's worth of construction," said with a walking route to Bordeaux Elementary Greg Clark, the city's director of public works. School, Michael said. Some south Shelton residents have asked As Lake Boulevard lea~ces neighborhoods be- the city why Pioneer Way/Lake Boulevard hind and becomes more rural, the design will is still a fragmented mess after the city last meld into county-type standards as it approach- month tackled another notoriously brokenes the end of the city's limits, Michael said. nearby road -- Turner Avenue. The project includes replacing about 2,500 The city of Shelton's Public Works Depart- feet of an undersized water main, Michael ment ground up and completely repaved Turner said. It was probably laid in the 1940s, with a Avenue between First and Seventh streets and few sections replaced since, he said. made storm-drainage improvements on Turner The contractor will decide where the project between Angleside Road and Seventh Street. will start, and the city will stipulate the road The city had earmarked money in its bud-closures, Michael said. get this year for projects on Turner Avenue and The section from state Route 3 to Univer- Pioneer Way/Lake Boulevard, Clark said. Most sity Avenue might be closed through the con- capital infrastructure projects, such as paving, struction, because alternate routes such as are budgeted as one-time expenses, he said. Arcadia Road are available to send drivers to But the city had to shift those monies to its state Route 3, he said. park-and-ride project on state Route 3 near The city plans to schedule a public open downtown Shelton's northern end because house on the project in October or early No- of federal requirements tied to grants, Clark vember, Michael said. Journal photo by Gordon Weeks Spider-web-like cracks and hastily laid patches don't make for a smooth ride on Pioneer Way/Lake Boulevard, near its intersection with California Street. The city of Shelton plans to hire a contractor to begin tearing up and replacing 3 1/2 miles of the broken road beginning next summer, AN OCCU HOME IMPROVEMENT LOAN HELPS YOU STAY ON TOP OF REPAIRS AND HOME IMPROVEMENTS. Borrow up to $15,000 for up to 120 months Skip a Payment twice a year, every year** Improvements Exclusively for Home 7.25% APR* NO Equity Required No Fees Our Community Credit Union~):~ *Fixed annual percentage rate and is effective as of August 1,2014, Loans are subject to ourcu.com approval. This is a limited time offer and may end at any time. **Conditions apply. Shelton J Union I McCleary J Elma I Montesano I Vashon _~ 5 Just a reminder.... Deadline for news and advertising is Monday at 5:00 p.m.