New utility lines and more for Coupeville's Madrona Way

Thanks to the prospect of outside dollars, plans to improve the road and utilities on Madrona Way in Coupeville are taking shape. The project is estimated to cost more than $1 million.

The town of Coupeville is in line to receive $483,000 in federal and state funding to rebuild Madrona Way from Broadway to Vine Street. The remainder would be covered by town funds.

Because of the extra federal and state money, town officials also want to replace the water and sewer lines that are old and dilapidated and install a sewer lift station.

“It’s a pretty sizable project,” Mayor Nancy Conard said after a recent  Town Council meeting.

Conard estimated the utility project would cost the town approximately $700,000. She said the town has the money from utility fees it collects from residents. Officials want to be able to combine the utility project with the road surface replacement of Madrona Way. That way, a newly installed road wouldn’t have to be torn up to replace pipes. Conard said she was confident both projects would move forward.

The mayor said the pipes buried underneath the road are among the oldest in town.

The town was awarded $411,000 from federal sources and $72,000 from the state. Because of the grant funding, the town can afford a complete replacement of the road. The proposed road project also includes the addition of a pedestrian path and improvements to stormwater drainage.

The mayor said she expects to have a proposal for the town council ready in time for a workshop in January. A vote on the project is anticipated in February.


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