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County to shift money for major road work

May 20th, 2014 - 5:58am

(Port Angeles)-- An infusion of some new transportation grant money will allow Clallam County to add to some road construction this year.

The county has received both federal and state funding for a paving project on Old Olympic Highway.

County transportation program manager Rich James says new state grant money will allow the county to shift federal money already pegged for the project to another part of Old Olympic Highway.

“We had scheduled to repave a section of the highway from US 101 to the Sieberts Creek Bridge using federal transportation dollars,” said James. “We received word from the state that we also received their funding for the road. That will allow us to switch the federal money to another section of the road from the Dungeness River to Mariott Road.”

The county also will use just over $1.1 million dollars for improvements to Lower Elwha Road.

James says a stretch of the road from it's intersection at Edgewood Drive to the Lower Elwha Tribal Access Road will see some big improvements.

“The road is very narrow, and it is going to widened and some of the humps and dips will be taken out and have wider, safer shoulders.” said James.

James says the Old Olympic Highway project should be underway sometime this year, while plans for the Lower Elwha Road project will likely be ready for review by 2015.

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