OLYMPIA - A popular stretch of Highway 99, from the Lewis County line to Tenino, will be the location of a major resurfacing project. Thurston County Commissioners have approved a contract with Lakeside Industries Inc. of Centralia, WA at their bid price of $2,097,757.60. -30-
The project calls for the repair of approximately 6 miles of Old Hwy 99 by grinding and repaving the degraded asphalt. The grindings from the project will be stockpiled for future road maintenance use by the county. After paving is completed new traffic markings and striping will be installed. The engineer's estimate for the project was $2,767,912.50.
Project engineer Steve Bricker says about 10,000 vehicles use this stretch of the roadway each day. "The road will remain open during working hours but will be down to one lane and subject to delays. Motorists will be directed through the use of signs, flaggers, traffic control devices and portable message boards." Bricker says drivers may also want to avoid the area by using other routes.
The Old Highway 99 repaving project is scheduled to start in late May and could be completed by August. Work will be conducted during daylight hours Monday through Friday.
Those interested in more information about the resurfacing can visit the project web site at http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/publicworks/Projects/97022.aspxThey can also sign up for Twitter updates on the location and type of work on any given day.