K.C. Pohtilla / Whidbey News-Times
Oak Harbor drivers are waiting patiently and detouring as work progresses on replacing the water line along Pioneer Way. Construction began early last week and got off to a tenuous start when a crew nicked an unmarked water line and then an unmarked gas line, but since then the project has progressed nicely. They have been laying roughly 200 feet a day. Arnie Peterschmidt, project engineer for the city, said that’s a little faster than they projected on the timeline. Throughout the project Pioneer Way is to remain open but will be reduced to one lane of traffic where work is being performed. There is adequate parking available to the north and south of Pioneer Way and the sidewalks will remain open for easy access to shops and restaurants. The city allotted 43 workdays to complete the project. The old pipeline is 60 years old.