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Downtown road revamp project starts in May.

Beth Stipe, executive director of the Community Foundation of NCVV at 9 S. Wenatchee Ave., asks Eric Johnston of SCJ Alliance whether this summer's $1.7 million road improvement project from Kittitas to-Second Street, will create issues with her buildings basement, which extends under the sidewalk.

The feature, apparently, is a holdover from the early 1900s when heating oil suppliers accessed their customers' tanks from what were then the boardwalks.

The quick answer for Stipe, offered at the Feb. 12 open house on the project, was probably not. Bur the project engineers made a note, just in case.

The street work, set to start after Apple Blossom and be complete by mid-July, includes a new paved road, updated curb access ramps, crosswalk improvements, Orondo Street signal improvements, striping and signing updates, water system upgrades, sanitary sewer upgrades, irrigation improvements, electrical system upgrades and new fire suppression lines. Johnston said the work will be done at night--from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.--to lessen the impact on the downtown core businesses.

The city received a $500,000 grant to help fund the project.
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Title Annotation:Real Estate & Construction
Publication:Wenatchee Business Journal
Date:Mar 1, 2014
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