Peace Portal Trail improvements slated for completion this summer

Published on Wed, Apr 4, 2012 by Jeremy Schwartz

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Blaine officials have announced the due date for construction bids on a project that will improve a section of trail alongside Peace Portal Drive.

The deadline for bids is April 20 for the Peace Portal Trail project, which will improve 4,500 feet of gravel trail on the east side of Peace Portal Drive that stretches from Cherry Street to Bayview Street. The project will add a 10-foot-wide asphalt pedestrian/bike trail and correct deficient handicapped ramps on a portion of sidewalk that’s part of the trail.

“[The current handicapped ramps] are pretty antiquated,” Blaine assistant public works director Bill Bullock said.

Funding for the project will come from a variety of sources, including $30,000 from the city, $18,000 from Northwest Park and Recreation District 2 and about $200,000 in state and federal transportation grants. Bullock estimated a construction contract could be ready for Blaine City Council approval as soon as April 23.

The project has been in the works since last year, Bullock explained, but weather delays pushed the project’s start date into 2012. Public works officials were planning to go to bid earlier than April, but Bullock said waiting for better weather was the best choice.

“If we had good weather in early winter, like we sometimes do, we would have pulled the trigger on it in January,” Bullock said.

Work is expected to start the second week of May and last until mid-June, well before Blaine’s July 4 festivities, Bullock said. The project will include minor traffic revisions, but crews should be able to keep both lanes of Peace Portal Drive open throughout construction.

“We’re not going to flag everything down to one lane,” Bullock said.