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City prioritizes road projects

Transportation-related projects in Oak Harbor — like road building and construction of a city pier — that will likely occur in the next six years are laid out in a document called, aptly, the 2005-2010 Six-Year Transportation Improvement Program.

Steve Powers, director of development services, described the plan as “a moving, six-year window” of transportation projects when he spoke during the recent City Council meeting. Under state law, municipalities must adopt a new six-year TIP each year.

The projects are prioritized based on traffic impact, grant awards and city budget, among other considerations.

Here’s a look at the top projects in prioritized order:

1. A left-turn control at the intersection of Scenic Heights Road at Highway 20. A sign would eliminate left turns onto the highway. The project would cost $5,000 in city funds. It is scheduled to begin June 1, 2006.

2. Traffic signals at the intersection of NE Seventh Avenue and Oak Harbor Street. The project is growth-related. The city has a $138,000 federal grant for the project, which will be matched by $227,000 in city funds. It is due to begin June 1, 2005.

3. Sidewalk construction on Oak Harbor Street and various locations. The project is to complete gaps in sidewalks, especially in areas where children walk to schools. The city has $242,000 in federal grant funds, which will be matched by $42,000 in city money. Construction is scheduled to begin June 1, 2005.

4. Continued work on the proposed Oak Harbor pier. The project includes preliminary engineering, dredging, pile driving, utilities and final design and engineering. The city has $175,000 in federal funds for the project, which will be matched by $27,000 in city funds. Preliminary engineering is scheduled to begin Jan. 1, 2005.

5. SW Barrington Drive extension from SW Erie Street to SW Fairhaven Drive. The growth-related project includes right-of-way acquisition and building of the street, sidewalks and bike path. It will be funded by $100,000 from the federal government and $777,000 in city funds. Construction is scheduled for Jan. 1, 2006.

6. Improvements at the intersection of NE Regatta, Torpedo Road and Crescent Harbor Road. The safety-related project includes realignment of the intersection. It is a joint project with Island County, the Navy and the state Department of Transportation. The preliminary engineering, which is scheduled to begin June 1, 2005, will be funded by $52,000 in federal funds and $8,000 in local funds.

7. Widening of Highway 20 from S. Beeksma Drive to SW Swantown Road. The project will include right-way acquisition, widening, sidewalks, retaining walls and signal lights. Funding for the estimated $1.8 million project has not been secured. Construction is scheduled for June 1, 2009.

8. Building Astel Street from SE Eighth Avenue to the site of the future The Home Depot store. The project will cost $200,000 in city funds. Work is scheduled to begin Jan. 1, 2005.

9. City Beach Park entrance improvements on SE Bayshore Drive. The project includes sidewalks, curb, gutter, pavement, parking, drainage and landscaping. It will cost $200,000 in city funds, which have not been allocated yet, and is scheduled to begin Jan. 1, 2005.

10. Construction of the Oak Harbor pier. The project is for actual construction of the pier, which is estimated to cost $3.5 million. The funds have not been secured. It is scheduled to begin June 1, 2010.

11. The Oak Harbor Bay Trail, from the east end of City Beach Park to SE Dock Street. Construction of the portion of the trail is estimated to cost $196,000, but funding hasn’t been secured. Construction is scheduled to begin June 1, 2005.

12. Improvements to the intersection of Highway 20, Pioneer Way and Beeksma Drive. The work will include adding turn lanes and realigning intersection. It will be funded by $503,000 in state funds and $150,000 in city funds. Construction is scheduled for June 1, 2009.

You can reach News-Times reporter Jessie Stensland at jstensland@whidbeynewstimes.com or call 675-6611.

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