Another layer of infrastructure improvements along Stinson Avenue, part of an expanded project, was approved Monday night by the Gig Harbor City Council.
Plans to improve Stinson between Rosedale Street and through Grandview Street include upgrades to existing Americans with Disabilities Act curb ramps and crossing, pavement repair with an asphalt overlay and new curb ramps, curbs, gutters and sidewalks along the west side of the roadway.
A design for the project was originally approved by the Council in June 2015 in a contract with Exeltech Consulting Inc for engineering services to prepare the design and bid documents. Recent input from the Gig Harbor community after the contract was initially issued indicated that improvements at the Stinson Avenue and Rosedale Street intersection was a priority, to relieve evening congestion.
Because this intersection improvement will overlap with the original Stinson Avenue project, Senior Engineer Emily Appleton recommended the city take advantage of the work already underway by the consultant and amend the existing contract to include improvements to the intersection.
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“This presents an opportunity to take advantage of some economy of scales with our consultant,” Appleton said.
The project is being designed in three separate bid schedules for each type of work, which will allow the city to track costs and funding and break the project into separate phases, if needed. To minimize disturbance to traffic, the project will be completed at the same time as a scheduled water main replacement.
A contract amendment was approved at Monday’s meeting for the existing consultant service agreement with Exceltech Consulting Inc to not exceed $65,928.29.
The project is anticipated to be completed by 2018, depending on other city construction project timelines.
Transportation Improvement Board Grant Applications
Two grant applications for the Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) were approved by the City Council for improvement projects along 50th Street and Stinson Avenue.
These improvements on 50th Street include a full reconstruction of the roadway and a rebuilding of the street between KLM Park to 38th Avenue.
Improvements to utilities, street illumination, curbs, gutters, planter strips and sidewalks are included in the project.
City Engineer Steve Misiurak presented the projects and the request for the grant applications approval to the City Council on Monday night.
The Council voted unanimously to approve the submission of the two TIB grant applications.
John Wayne Trail
The city of Gig Harbor was asked by the Tekoa City Council and the Tekoa Trail and Trestle Association for its support for the preservation, maintenance and improvements for the John Wayne Pioneer Trail.
According to City Clerk Molly Towslee, the Tekoa City Council is asking for state funding to keep the trail open and to have trail improvements continue to maintain and preserve this public trail.
The John Wayne Pioneer Trail is a 300-mile trail that extends from the western Cascade Mountains to the Idaho Border in Eastern Washington. It is the only cross-state trail in Washington. Nineteen other cities and towns have approved resolutions to support the effort to save and maintain the John Wayne Pioneer Trail.
“As we know, trails are very important to us in this community,” Mayor Jill Guernsey said. “We can imagine how they must also be important in the eastern part of the state.”
The Council approved unanimously to support the efforts of the Tekoa City Council and the Tekoa Trail and Trestle Association to preserve the John Wayne Pioneer Trail.