H Street project would not cost Blaine a dime

Published on Fri, Jul 8, 2011 by Jeremy Schwartz

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Last night's open house for the H Street revitalization project was informative, if a bit under attended. only two Blaine residents showed up to hear more about the project. As a result, they had the full attention of Blaine public works director Steve Banham and assistant public works director Bill Bullock, who hosted the meeting.

The project is still in the earliest design phases. In a nutshell, the project would add slanted parking spaces to the north side of H Street, add improved crosswalks to the 3rd Street intersection with H and bring the sidewalks from Peace Portal Drive to the post office into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Bullock said this portion of H Street was originally built in 1989, before ADA regulations went into affect.

Bullock and Banham seemed most excited about the fact that the project cost, estimated at $520,000, is fully funded from federal and state sources. Long story short: the project as presented would not cost the city of Blaine a dime to build. Bullock and Banham did caution that since this project is still in the design phase, the costs could change. Bullock expected final designs to be done by November of this year and construction to start in the spring of 2012.

Here's a schematic of what H Street could look like. Forgive the blurriness in some areas, I took a snapshot of it at the meeting with my phone. Look for a full story in next week's paper.


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