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New bridge for PA boulevard nears

June 20th, 2013 - 6:02am

(Port Angeles) -- The city of Port Angeles has awarded a contract to replace the Lauridsen Boulevard Bridge.

The city council this week agreed to the nearly $4.5 million dollar contract with Kent-based Scarsella Brothers. Public works director Glenn Cutler says work on the replacing the 43-year-old bridge that connects with Race Street could begin in the next two months.

The city will get a federal grant to pay for 80 percent of the cost. The city will have to come up with 20 percent from its own funding. The city has already budgeted for the match.

Cutler says the new bridge will be 18 feet wider than the current bridge and have better access for pedestrians and bicyclists.

The city will also replace the traffic signal at the intersection of Lauridsen and Race Street.

During construction, the city will route traffic along 8th street as part of a detour.

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