Possible delays as OPAL house arrives

  • Wed Aug 16th, 2017 6:03pm
  • News

A house from Seattle is scheduled to arrive by barge on the north shore of Orcas on Thursday, Aug. 17, with the late-afternoon tide, said Jeanne Beck, OPAL Community Land Trust project manager. It is the latest OPAL acquisition and will soon be available for permanently affordable housing in Eastsound.

Drivers and others using Mt. Baker Road between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. should be aware there could be possible delays while the house is making its way to a lot on Mountain View Street.

“We expect the house will offload from the barge by 4:30 p.m., and be moved through the airport between 7:40 and 8:40 p.m.,” said Beck. “From the airport, the truck will proceed west on Mt. Baker Road. Then it will turn north on Mountain View Street. It’s possible Mountain View Street will be blocked for some time as the house is moved down the street to the site.”

Drivers in the area should expect minimal traffic delays. The Nickel Bros. crew will endeavor to find places where cars can pass by if delays take more than a short while. Typically, no one is inconvenienced for more than a few minutes.

This is the 11th house that OPAL has moved via barge and truck to provide permanently affordable housing for island families. Incorporated in 1989, OPAL serves 132 rental and ownership Orcas Island households. For more information, go to www.opalclt.org or call (360) 376-3191.