By Stefanie Donahue
Summertime construction on Mitchell Avenue overpass is coming to a close.
Last week, the city opened the bridge for the public ahead of schedule. The final steps of the project remain and are set to be completed within the next few weeks.
Colacurcio Brothers Construction led the project, which began on June 20 after school let out for the summer. Construction necessitated a closure to the I-5 overpass and led to a number of safety and accessibility improvements for the area.
“We are thrilled that these significant safety improvements have been completed in time for the school year,” said Alan Pomeroy, Blaine school district facilities supervisor.
The construction crew replaced a paved path near the dead end on Boblett Street with a concrete pedestrian path. It will open once a handrail is installed. The dirt path from Mitchell Street to Boblett Street has also been paved. Both ends of Mitchell Avenue bridge were filled with a lightweight material to repair settlement issues with the existing concrete. The work also led to an improvement in the turn radius from Mitchell to Boblett Street to make it easier for school buses to navigate.
Moving forward, the handicapped accessible trail to Boblett Street from the bridge still requires work. Additional small projects require attention prior to completion.
The State of Washington Transportation Improvement Board awarded $554,167 for the project. The city supplied $29,166 from local street funds. According to assistant public works director Bill Bullock, the city expects to come in under budget. Since the project is just a few steps away from completion, the city has yet to tally final costs.
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