Grants to help fund town road repairs

Some Coupeville roads will be getting a facelift in the coming year. Coupeville Town Council approved three road related projects this week, mostly utilizing grant funds.

The town received more than $68,000 from the state Transportation Improvement Board for asphalt overlays. The project will be contracted through the county and will be completed this summer, said Mayor Molly Hughes.

Roads that will get overlays are LaSalle and 8th Street from 9th to Leach, Lindsey Street from 7th to the end and Otis Street from 9th to NE 6th Street.

“The town will pay a 5 percent match of $3,595 for this grant,” Hughes said. “The town could not get this amount of street maintenance done without the help of the TIB.”

The town also received more than $90,000 for a rehabilitation grant from TIB.

“Rehabilitation funds are not always available as the chip seal and overlay funds usually are,” Hughes said.

Rehabilitation funds allow for the complete re-construction of a road because the condition is too degraded for overlay maintenance.

The grant will be used for projects on Bainbridge Lane from South Main to the end and NW 6th Street from Grace Street to North Main.

“The town will be doing some storm water work on Bainbridge as well and will coordinate both projects with the county very carefully to cause the least inconvenience to the residents and businesses in the area, Hughes said.

The town’s match for these project is just under $5,000.

The council also awarded a contract with a Bellingham-based company Huizenga Enterprises to repair and replace curbs in three areas in town.

Those areas include in the Recreation Hall parking lot, 101 South Main St. and on NE 6th between Center and Haller streets.

The contractor will remove and dispose of the damaged curbing and pour, finish and seal new curbing. They will also be responsible for traffic control when needed.

“This work will improve the appearance of and protect landscape at the Rec Hall and on Main Street and create a safe parking edge on 6th Street,” Hughes said.

Including a 10 percent contingency fund, this project will not exceed $8,630.57.

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