Colville looks to Elm Street project

With the 3rd Avenue Project in the works (see accompanying story in this week’s S-E), it would seem that the City of Colville has its plate full, as it also prepares to send the Elm Street Project out to bid at the end of the month. The Elm Street Project consists of reconstructing Elm Street from Dominion Avenue all the way to 1st Avenue, encompassing approximately 2,000 feet of street, according to City of Colville Municipal Services Administrator Eric Durpos. “This will also include replacing a 4” steel water main that was installed in the 1930s, making storm drain improvements, replacing concrete curbs and gutters and updating sidewalks to be compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA),” explains Durpos. ”We will also be repaving that whole section of street.” A public meeting to discuss the project will be held at City Hall on Wednesday, Jan. 25 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend and ask questions. The City had hoped to start and finish the project in 2011, says Durpos, but it did not have the funds in place to do so. The project is estimated to cost around $825,000. “What we are doing is kind of unique, because we are partnering with the County (Stevens) in repairing the sidewalks, curbs, and gutters that go around the courthouse,” says Durpos. “It’s not often that we are able to put together a project with different sources of funding.” Motorists should expect some possible traffic delays, but the road will continue to be open to homeowners and businesses along the route. Around 30 trees will also be removed to increase the radius on street corners in order to make them handicap compliant. The City plans to plant locust trees at regular intervals to complete the streetscape, Durpos assures. “We want people to bring their questions and concerns to the meeting,” says Durpos. ‘We would like this project to go as smoothly as possible, for everyone involved.”