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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Matt Unzelman, PE Civil Engineer, (360) 867-2335 or unzelmm@co.thurston.wa.us

Commissioners Approve Waste and Recovery Center Road Project
Parking, road way and security improvements

OLYMPIA - Thurston County Commissioners have given approval for a $1,250,000 project at the Waste and Recovery Center (WARC) located off of Hogum Bay Rd in Hawks Prairie. The project includes the entrance roadway to the WARC facility as well as the off-leash dog park parking lot.

The existing roadway and off-leash lot are located on top of the landfill which has settled in many areas creating drainage problems and rough driving conditions. Included in the project is reconstruction of the roadway and parking lot, taking care of drainage issues and provision of much needed lighting and camera security for the site.

Public Works Director Ramiro Chavez says he appreciates WARC user's patience while the project is underway. "We planned to do the work during the winter and spring to avoid the more busy summer season. It will be a little inconvenient but at the end there will be an improved facility that is more safe and secure for everyone."

The WARC and off-leash park will remain open throughout construction, however, users should expect delays. Users of the off-leash park will need to park at the park and ride lot located to the north of entrance roadway. During construction all WARC traffic will need to use Hogum Bay Extension Road which is just south of the existing entrance roadway. More than 700 vehicles use this entrance each day to access the WARC facility and dog park parking lot.

A combination of traffic signs, reader boards and flaggers will help direct traffic through the WARC facility during construction. Construction is expected to begin in March or April and will take three months to complete.



County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3