The city of Port Townsend has decided to allocate up to $100,000 to repair roads, drainage systems, and other city infrastructure to address the effects left behind by an unexpected June 5 …
The city of Port Townsend has decided to allocate up to $100,000 to repair roads, drainage systems, and other city infrastructure to address the effects left behind by an unexpected June 5 rainstorm.
Back in early June, Port Townsend was battered by rainstorms that brought flooding, road closures, and a landslide. More than 2 inches of total rainfall fell in a 24-hour period.
City officials said the damaging drencher was a 25-year storm.
The Port Townsend City Council unanimously approved a resolution for the spending during its Monday meeting, and the investment will address two key areas in need of repair: Walnut Street and the Logan Street outfall.
Walnut Street received erosion damage on one shoulder of the roadway, with a deep trench caused by the storm. The narrow street is often used by pedestrians and bicyclists due to its proximity to Fort Worden State Park.
The repairs will involve repaving a section of Walnut Street, installing a wedge curb on both sides of the road to control and direct stormwater runoff and prevent future erosion, and forming a wider shoulder to make more room for pedestrians and bicyclists.
The repairs and improvements are expected to cost $25,000 to $35,000 to complete.
Rainwater drainage in the area flows onto private property and Port Townsend staff will work with property owners to find the best solution for stormwater control, according to the city.
The Logan Street outfall, which collects stormwater from the Thomas Street roundabout, overflowed with water during the June storm, resulting in significant erosion to the canyon.
According to city staff, around 1,000 cubic yards of sand was washed away and 3 to 4 feet were deposited in the canyon due to the storm, which officials note will cause major drainage problems and damage the nearby pond in the future if not addressed.
To fix the problem, a pipe must be extended from the existing pond into the canyon and the canyon slopes must be stabilized.
The work is expected to cost $35,000 if done by the city, or $70,000 if done by a contractor.
According to the city, the repair work likely needs to be contracted out given the city’s work plan and current staffing levels.
Currently, the city’s end-of-year fund balance for its stormwater utility fund is estimated to be at $689,000, leaving ample reserves to cover the damage repair costs.
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