City council approves Peace Portal trail bid

Published on Wed, Apr 25, 2012 by Jeremy Schwartz

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An improved pedestrian and bike trail will be completed just in time for summer, according to Blaine Public Works staff.

Blaine City Council voted 6-0, with Ken Oplinger absent, to accept a $220,789 bid from Lynden-based Faber Construction at Monday’s council meeting. The bid was the lowest of six offers received and was slightly higher than the city engineer’s estimate of $215,850.

The project will convert 4,500 feet of gravel trail to a 10-foot-wide asphalt pedestrian/bike trail and will fix substandard handicap ramps on a sidewalk that’s part of the trail. The trail is located on the east side of Peace Portal Drive and stretches from Cherry Street to Bayview Street.

The project is funded with $120,000 from the state department of transportation, approximately $59,000 from the state transportation improvement board and $18,806 from Northwest Park and Recreation District 2. The city will pick up the remaining $23,000.

Work is scheduled to start the second week of May and last until mid-June, well before Blaine’s July 4 festivities.

The project will include minor traffic revisions, but crews should be able to keep both lanes of Peace Portal Drive open throughout construction.