Project is down to final paving plus replacement of three concrete wall panels before it is finally done after almost one year

BARBARA SHERMAN - Work continued on Fischer Road on Sept 7 as a flagger controlled traffic, limiting travel to one direction at a time just west of Queen Anne. The last three 6-foot-high concrete fence panels on the right will be replaced with 8-foot-high panels to match the other ones.Drivers who use Fischer Road will have to wait a little bit longer before the often-delayed project finally wraps up, with October now the current completion date.

"The sidewalk is being poured today," wrote Dan Erpenbach, project manager for Washington County Land Use & Transportation, in a Sept. 11 email to the Regal Courier in response to a question about the timeline. "The subcontractor schedules are full right now (so) it will be another couple of weeks before the concrete crew can get back to finish the sidewalks.

"Paving is scheduled for Thursday and Friday this week," he added. "Construction will be substantially complete at the end of the month with landscaping and cleanup work left to complete."

A re-do is also in the works, with Erpenbach noting that "some new concrete fence panels have been ordered and will be installed towards the end of the month."

King City City Manager Mike Weston explained at the Sept. 6 City Council meeting that the three western-most concrete panels on the north side of Fischer were accidentally made 6 feet high instead of 8 feet high, so they will be replaced to match the rest of the panels.

The project will have lasted nearly a year since starting in early December 2016 with "No parking" signs posted along the south side of the road that runs between Highway 99W and 131st Avenue in anticipation of construction starting.

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 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 originally was 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. The wall has now been installed except for the three panels that need to be replaced.

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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