County approves six-year Transportation Improvement Plan

The San Juan County Council has approved a Six-Year Transportation Improvement Program for 2017-2022.

Prepared by county engineer Colin Huntemer, the budget includes $9,430,000 in county road funds, as well as $4,963,000 in grant funds, for a working six-year total of $14,410,000.

The transportation improvement program includes funds for county roads work, gravel road conversion, improvements to marine facilities and improvements to county trails.

The County Road projects budget includes $370,000 for work on the Pear Point Road to Turn Point Road Connector; and $710,000 to build the Orcas Village Park and Ride.

The Deer Harbor Bridge replacement project will receive $60,000; $620,000 is allocated for the West Beach Road culvert; and $85,000 is allocated for the Beaverton Valley Road culvert.

Improvements will be made on Orcas Road for $3,225,000; to Prune Alley for $2,570,000; to A. Street for $1,000,000; to San Juan Valley Road for $275,000; to Mackaye Harbor Road for $100,000; to Douglas Road for $2,060,000; to Bailer Hill Road for $10,000; to the Mitchell Bay Road intersection for $120,000; to the Lawson Road intersection for $390,000; to the Center Road intersection for $10,000; to the Crow Valley Road intersection for $50,000; and to the Dill Road intersection for $50,000.

The transportation improvement plan includes gravel road conversions for: Hoffman Cove Road, Broken Point Road, Kiehl Road, Prohaska Road, Halvorsen Road, Cormorant Bay Road, Channel Road, Lopez Sound Road and Coffelt Drive.

Marine projects include work on the following Marine Facilities: Orcas Landing for $50,000; Hunter Bay for $255,000; West Sound for $230,000; and Griffin Bay for $625,000. There is $180,000 allocated for county mooring buoys, as well.

County trails projects were allocated $465,000: $85,000 for Lopez Road trail; $170,000 for Enchanted Forest Road trail; $170,000 for Lover’s Lane trail; $20,000 for the Crescent Beach Road trail; and $20,000 for the Minnie Mae trail.