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Waterfront improvement project breaks ground

November 6th, 2012 - 5:45am

(Port Angeles) -- Although "deconstruction" has been underway for about a month, the city of Port Angeles officially broke ground yesterday on the waterfront improvement project.

Officials gathered to turn soil with ceremonial shovels marking the beginning of the first phase of the project.

City community and economic development director Nathan West says he hopes by next summer, the waterfront between Oak Street and the ferry terminal will feature a new esplanade, lighting and a more inviting feel.

West says the project will eventually improve the waterfront from the Valley Creek Estuary to Hollywood Beach. It is divided into 11 phases that can be tackled as the city finds money.

But West says he also thinks the public investment in the area will translate into new private investment by businesses downtown.

The first phase of the project is expected to cost around four million dollars. The total project could run 17 million dollars.

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