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North Bend's Boalch Avenue to re-open in style with ceremony Monday
On Monday, Oct. 8, North Bend will celebrate the re-opening of Boalch Avenue with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, 9 a.m. on Boalch Avenue, south of the Gardiner Creek Bridge.
This project is the first to be funded by a 0.2 percent sales tax that voters approved in 2011.
“Boalch Avenue has long been identified as the highest priority street in need of reconstruction in the city,” said Mayor Ken Hearing, “I want to personally thank the citizens of North Bend for their continued support which has allowed this important project to be completed.”
Voters approved the sales tax increase specifically for road repairs and improvement, which the city's new Transportation Benefit District board prioritizes.
The City Council awarded the Boalch contract in August to Lakeridge Paving, for the low bid of $413,579. Last month, the second TBD project, reconstruction of part of Pickett Avenue, was also authorized.
The Boalch reconstruction project from Northwest 14th Street to the north city limits included installation of storm culverts, reconstruction of the existing roadway using full depth reclamation, HMA overlay, and other miscellaneous work specified in the bid documents. Boalch Avenue will continue to be closed through the rest of this week and upcoming weekend with limited access for final restoration and striping work.