Changes Proposed to Alder/Olympic Highway North

The City of Shelton is planning on making changes to Alder Street and Olympic Highway North from 1st Street to “C” Street. Wednesday night, City Public Work Director, Craig Gregory, explained the planned project and answered questions from the public.

Among the changes being proposed in the initial design are narrowing the travel lanes from 14 feet to 12 feet and increasing the width of the sidewalk on the south side of the street to 10 feet in order to create a multi-use path. There would also be intersection, lighting and landscaping improvements along the corridor.

There are significant changes proposed for the intersection of Alder and 1st. This includes left turn lanes for northbound 1st and eastbound Alder, removing the stop sign and yield sign on southbound 1st, and eliminating the right turn triangle from eastbound Alder to southbound First.

The plan also includes eliminating parking on Alder in front of the Mason County Court House and the County’s Building 8 while creating more parking off 5th and 6th streets.

A new traffic light would be installed at 7th & Alder and a bus pullout would be constructed in front of the Library while the intersection with 8th Street would be eliminated and turned into parking for the library.

The configuration of the roadway up the hill from 7th to “C” Street would be changed from three lanes of travel (two going up the hill; one down) to two lanes with a raised island median. For the sidewalk through that stretch, the proposal includes removing the jersey barriars and installing a curb and a three-foot recessed swale between the travel lane and sidewalk. There are other intersection changes and speed reduction methods proposed as well.

Cost of this “Downtown Connector Project” is estimate to cost $4.75 Million with over $3.3 Million coming from a Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) grant. City Stormwater and Transportation funds along with contributions from local partners (Mason PUD 3, Mason Transit and Mason Conservation District) will pay for the remaining cost.

If awarded the grant, the project will likely go to bid next March with construction beginning in early spring. The project is expected to take about 10 months to complete.

The City is early in the design process of the project and wants input from residents. You can email your questions, concerns and ideas to publicworks@sheltonwa.gov.

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