Photo by Ann McCreary Curbs, gutters, sidewalks and a bike path will be installed on the north side of Twisp Avenue between Highway 20 and Lincoln Street through a project expected to get underway this fall or next spring.

Photo by Ann McCreary
Curbs, gutters, sidewalks and a bike path will be installed on the north side of Twisp Avenue between Highway 20 and Lincoln Street through a project expected to get underway this fall or next spring.

Curbs, gutters, sidewalks, bike path included in town’s plans

By Ann McCreary

Two projects totaling more than $1 million for new sidewalks, curbs and gutters in Twisp are expected to get underway as early as this fall.

The town recently awarded contracts for the projects, which are funded through federal and state money, said Public Works Director Andrew Denham.

A $163,689 contract was awarded to low bidder Lloyd Logging Inc. of Twisp to construct curbs, gutters, sidewalks and a bike path on Twisp Avenue between Highway 20 and Lincoln Street.           

“The project is providing connectivity from State Route 20 to our park for non-motored transportation,” said Denham.

The sidewalks and bike path will be installed on the north side of Twisp Avenue, which runs perpendicular to Glover Street at its north end.

Part of the project will involve building a retaining wall alongside the sidewalk from the “bell park” to the intersection of Twisp Avenue and Lincoln Street, Denham said.

Town officials hope to begin that project this fall, or early next spring, he said.

Another project that is expected to get underway in June 2017 will install curbs, gutters and sidewalks along Highway 20 between the Methow River Bridge and Airport Road.

The new sidewalk will connect to the existing sidewalk, which ends at Wagner Street just east of the bridge, and continue along the south side of Highway 20 to Airport Road.

The project, with a price tag of $858,535, is funded primarily through federal funding, Denham said. A construction contract for the project was awarded to J&K Earthworks LLC of Rock Island, Washington.

Prior to the sidewalk installation, the town will replace an aging water line that runs below the project route.

The town has obtained a low-interest loan of $515,400 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to replace the 77-year old water line. The town will be able to increase the pipe size from 8 to 12 inches as part of the project, Denham said.

The town is also resurfacing Burton Street and Riverside Avenue with hot mix asphalt this month through a $184,000 state-funded project.