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Project should wrap up around the first of September, which won't be soon enough for residents and commuters

PAMPLIN MEDIA PHOTO: BARBARA SHERMAN - On Fischer Road, Just west of Queen Anne, a flagger controls traffic while construction continues on major improvements to the road that include widening and adding sidewalks, bike lanes and crosswalks.The end is in sight for the Fischer Road construction project, with all the work expected to be completed by the first of September.

"It is scheduled to be paved in August, but Clean Water Services might put a sanitary sewer line down the road so we don't want to pave it until we get a decision from them," said Dan Erpenbach, project manager for Washington County Land Use & Transportation. "We started around the first of the year, but with all the bad weather and rain and snow, we lost time.

"We also ran into a lot of utility issues that cost us a couple months. We try to have everything lined up before we start, but there were a lot of undocumented utilities so we had to track down the owners and find out if the utilities were active. It's all straightened out now."

Way back on Dec. 5, 2016, "No parking" signs were posted along the south side of the road that runs between 99W and 131st Avenue.

The $1.93 million project is a joint venture between Washington County, which is providing $930,000 from its Gain Share program, and King City, which is providing $1 million from its transportation development t tax.

The project includes sidewalks and bicycle lanes, painted crosswalks at 126th and 131st avenues, installation of LED street lights and speed display signs.

The project was originally scheduled for the summer of 2016 but was delayed as the design team explored options for a visual buffer along the north side of Fischer Road, where some properties are several feet below the road level. A wall is now being installed.

For more information, call the Washington County Department of Land Use and Transportation at 503-846-7800 or visit its website.

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