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OPAL has house hitting the road – new time

April 10, 2013 · Updated 1:26 PM
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Nickel Bros. House Movers will transport a one-story house from Main Street next to Washington Federal Savings bank to the Oberon Meadow neighborhood on North Beach Road in Eastsound  on Thursday, April 11 between. The time has been delayed by two hours and will now begin at 11 a.m.  The building has been donated to OPAL Community Land Trust.

As previously announced, Nickel Bros. will transport a one-story house from Main Street next to Washington Federal Savings bank to the Oberon Meadow neighborhood on North Beach Road in Eastsound. The start time is being revised to give the movers more time to prepare the structure for travel.

“The greatest opportunity for impact on traffic will now be at about 11 a.m. when the house will move onto the county road to begin the journey to its new location," said Jeanne Beck, OPAL’s project manager. "Traffic could be blocked for anyone coming to or from Eastsound. Turning onto Main Street could be a problem, so drivers should consider using the route that would use North Beach and Enchanted Forest Roads and Lover’s Lane.”

The house is 24 feet wide and may cause temporary traffic slow downs. It will travel a route beginning on Main Street, taking the right turn to Lover’s Lane, which becomes Mt. Baker Road. Main Street could be blocked for as much as 30 minutes, from 11 a.m. to 11:30. Lover’s Lane, Mt. Baker, and North Beach Roads will be partially blocked for approximately one and a half hours after that up until 1 p.m. Each road will be blocked to vehicle traffic in both directions. If there are cars waiting to pass on the route, Nickel Bros. will stop in places where it is possible to let people go around. These travel times are approximate.

“We are hoping to get the word out to as many as possible that this move will happen Thursday morning, and that the schedule is now revised,” states Lisa Byers, OPAL executive director. “People who are planning to take the 12:20 ferry or coming to Eastsound may want to consider alternate routes, if possible. Once the house is on Lover’s Lane and Mt. Baker Road, cars will be able to detour around the house,” she notes.

The residence will be renovated to provide another permanently affordable home for the island community.

 


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