COLLEGE PLACE -- A quick vote Monday by the City Council cleared the way for a major street project this summer.
The Whitman Central Corridor Project will rebuild Whitman Drive between Larch Avenue and Academy Way, adding improvements to stormwater, water and sewer lines as well as new paving over sections of the road.
Council members voted unanimously to authorize City Administrator Pat Reay to execute the construction contract with Fowler General Construction of Richland for $1.4 million. The firm was the lowest for four bidders on the project.
The project's total budget is slightly over $2 million, an amount that includes planning and design work and a 10 percent contingency fund.
Construction should begin by the end of this month, Reay said Monday. Preparations have included "a lot of stakeholder meetings and one-on-one meetings with property owners," over the effects of the project, he said. Construction updates will be posted on the city website.
The project originally included reconstruction of the Whitman Drive and College Avenue intersection, but that has been pulled out so that it can be part of the College Avenue-Rose Street reconstruction project. That project is now in the planning process but has not yet been funded, said Robert Gordon, city engineer.
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