New water line leads to better flow for businesses
by MATTHEW NASH
Sequim’s busiest alleyway is closing for more than a month starting Wednesday, Oct. 20.
The alley between Washington and Bell streets will close from Sequim to Second avenues for construction.
Businesses who use this alley in particular are the Sequim Gazette, U.S. Bank, Solar City, Lippert’s Restaurant and several more.
Crews are installing 660 feet of 8-inch piping to enhance the new Olympic View Properties’ retail space and surrounding businesses.
Rick Anderson, general contractor for Olympic View Properties, said the new piping replaces existing 1.5-inch pipe to increase flow of water for the whole block.
“The problem is it doesn’t provide adequate fire flow right now,” Anderson said. “This will be a tremendous benefit to businesses and neighboring areas.”
Pete Tjemsland, Sequim utilities manager, said 8-inch piping is standard with most of the city.
The company 2 Grade Excavation and Development will begin digging up asphalt on Oct. 20 and should complete the project at the end of November.
Parking lots will be closed to the alley but open on Bell Street.
Crews said lots serving Sanctuary Day Spa, Galare Thai, Lippert’s, A Dropped Stitch, and other nearby businesses will remain open. All existing businesses with entrances in the alley have front entrances from Washington Street.
U.S. Bank’s access from Washington Street will be closed for about a week during the beginning of the project.
Anderson said the east end of the alley project is the starting spot.
He warns businesses to set up delivery drop-offs in the center lane of Washington Street when the alleyway becomes inaccessible.
City staff said the alley has high amounts of traffic because there are more parking spots than along Washington Street downtown.
“We’re going to make as many efforts as possible to communicate with the businesses,” Anderson said.
“When this is all done, people will have more water and a brand new alley,” Anderson said.
When construction begins, weekly community meetings will be held to update businesses and stakeholders on the project.
Anderson estimates the project cost at about $240,000.
The Sequim Gazette is located at 147 W. Washington Street in Sequim.
Business hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Phone 360-683-3311, or toll free at 800-829-5810. FAX 360-683-6670.
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