3rd Avenue Project: Last phase of Colville 2000

Motorists and Colville residents will see a change in their travel plans this coming spring when the City of Colville begins the 3rd Avenue project in an effort to increase the efficiency of truck traffic from Highway 20 to the truck route on Railroad Avenue. “This will help to provide an efficient flow of truck traffic to the mill (Vaagen Brothers Lumber) and Colmac Coil,” explained City of Colville Municipal Services Administrator, Eric Durpos. “It will extend Highway 20 to connect with the truck route, as well as improve the sidewalks and install a new 36-inch storm water transmission to help improve storm water issues.” According to Durpos, the cost of the project is around $1.8 million. The city has received a grant for the project for $1.48 million from the Transportation Improvement Board (TIB). The City of Colville’s Street Department Fund will contribute $237,000 to the project while the Water/Sewer Department will fund $250,000 for water/sewer mains. The planning and preparation phase for the 3rd Avenue Project has been in the works for over a year in conjunction with Welch Comer Engineers of Idaho. The project is expected to go to bid this month or in February. “It’s been near the top of the list for some time,” Durpos said. “It’s safe to say that this is the last phase of the Colville 2000 project, so this has been brought up before.” Roughly three blocks (1,000 feet) of street will be replaced. The project will include new curbs, gutters and sidewalk along 3rd Avenue. The street will be closed to through traffic during construction, but will remain open to residents and businesses that are accessed on that route. Work crews will also bore 280-feet from Wynne Street, under Main Street, to the edge of Oak for the installation of the new storm line. There are limited opportunities to convey storm water underneath Main Street and the installation of a new transmission line will help reduce flooding, according to Durpos. “The old line that resides there is in bad shape,” Durpos said. “This will help pick up storm water east of Main Street and help deal with the spring melt.” Main Street will remain open throughout the duration of the project, since it is Federal Highway 395. Durpos added that it would not be cost efficient to attempt to close the highway during storm water transmission line installation. “We’ve had a lot of steps we’ve had to go through to get the green light on this project,” he pointed out.. “We’ve done environmental and cultural studies, archeological and historical work and geotechnical evaluations in order to get this project in a position where we could begin physical work. We are in the process of determining the most cost effective construction method to get this done right.”