City Awarded Grants to Improve Alder & Turner

The City of Shelton has been awarded two Washington State Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) grants to improve Alder Street from North 1st Street to Olympic Highway North (Downtown Connector) and to install new asphalt and make stormwater improvements on Turner Avenue from South 1st Street to the top of the hill at South 16th Street. The City’s Public Works department submitted the applications to the TIB’s Urban Arterial and Arterial Preservation grant program in August. On Friday, November 17th, the TIB announced the City was awarded $270,885 for the Turner Avenue revitalization project and $3.33 million for the Downtown Connector Project.

The estimated $4.76 million dollar Downtown Connector Project will include a complete revitalization of the West Alder Street/Olympic Highway North corridor – North 1st Street to C Street – including new asphalt streets, illumination, sidewalks, streetscape, ADA ramps, stormwater upgrades, and intersection improvements. The proposed design improvements are the result of several discussions with the Downtown Visioning Committee, Historic Preservation Board, and community feedback received during the October public design presentation meeting. The $3.33 million dollar grant covers 70% of the cost of this project. The remaining 30% will come from city Stormwater Utility, Transportation Benefit District, and Transportation Impact Fee funds, as well as local partnerships with Mason County PUD 3, Mason Transit Authority, and Mason Conservation District.

The Turner Avenue revitalization project will include a new asphalt street and stormwater improvements from South 7st Street to the top of the hill at South 16th Street. The $270,885 grant covers 90% of the total project cost. The remaining 10% will be funded with Transportation Benefit District, Stormwater Utility, and Transportation Impact Fee funds.

City Manager Ryan Wheaton commented on the awards, “The Public Works Engineering Team has worked very hard over the last year to restore the City of Shelton’s reputation within the project funding community. These grants are a direct result of their determination to improve Shelton.”

The Turner Avenue revitalization project is scheduled to commence sometime in March of 2018; followed by the Downtown Connector Project sometime in June of 2018.

Design information on the Downtown Connector Project can be found on the City of Shelton website: http://www.sheltonwa.gov/Alder%20OHN%20Public%20Meeting.pdf

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