By Ann McCreary
Negotiating the trip to Twisp’s municipal park and pool will be safer and more convenient following completion of a sidewalk and road construction project that is in progress.
It has been common to see pedestrians, including children, walking down the middle of Lincoln Street on their way to the Twisp Park and Wagner Memorial Pool.
The project has been a priority for the town because it will improve pedestrian safety and traffic flow to the busy community recreation facilities.
The state-funded project provides for curbs and sidewalks along both sides of Lincoln Street beginning at Twisp Avenue.
The sidewalk on the park side (west side) of the street will extend the length of Lincoln Street, ending at the park by the river. The sidewalk on the east side will extend to Wagner Memorial Pool.
Lincoln Street will be resurfaced and perpendicular on-street parking will be designated along both sides of the street.
“I think being more methodical about the spaces will garner more parking,” said Don Popoff, project engineer with RH2 Hill Engineering.
On-street parking will no longer be permitted in front of residences between Twisp Avenue and the park and pool.
As part of the project, overhead power and communications lines have been moved underground and the poles removed, Popoff said.
Work on sidewalks and road surfacing should be completed by mid-October, Popoff said. The new parking areas will be painted in the spring.
The project is funded through a $406,025 grant from the Washington Transportation Improvement Board, said Twisp Town Clerk Jackie Moriarity.