Road repairs on Canyon Street in Twisp began this week, which will bring some short-term disruption to residents.
In the long term, the project is expected to bring more reliable water and sewer service, in addition to a new, smooth road surface and a new sidewalk. Canyon Street presently is an obstacle course of potholes and occasional standing water for drivers and pedestrians both.
The road surface will be completely torn out and rebuilt. The sidewalk will be built on the east side of the street, from its north end to Fifth Avenue. A crosswalk will be painted across Canyon at Fifth Avenue, and the sidewalk will continue to Highway 20 along the west side of Canyon Street.
First, crews will repair two sections of the damaged sewer line. Then, they will replace the entire water line, moving along Canyon Street in 200-foot increments.
Water-line replacement will require Fifth Avenue to be closed at Canyon for a day or a day and a half, Twisp Public Works Director Andrew Denham said.
While portions of Canyon Street will be closed throughout the duration of the project, residents will be able to get in and out of their homes, Denham said. Also, crews will maintain access to a chiropractor’s office at the south end of Canyon Street — the only business that fronts the street.
TranGO buses, which travel on Canyon Street, will need to take an alternate route during the roadwork.
The contractor, Hurst Construction of East Wenatchee, has said it will work 10 hours a day, four days a week, from Monday to Thursday. The work should be completed in seven or eight weeks, Denham said.
Most of the $781,000 project cost is funded by a grant from the state Transportation Improvement Board, and a grant and loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Methow Housing Trust, which is building 13 single-family homes on the north end of Canyon Street, is contributing $71,620 for the sidewalk. The town’s share of the total cost is $20,000.