Poulsbo, WA (PRWEB) March 06, 2013
One day ahead of schedule, City of Poulsbo employee Mike Lund, removed the barricades blocking public access to Anderson Parkway.
An amazing testimony to hard work, good planning, and unseasonally dry weather brought the Anderson Parkway closure to an end in the early evening hours of Friday, March 1st almost and entire day earlier than the closure was planned for.
Mayor Becky Erickson said, "After extensive public outreach, the City of Poulsbo constructed the parking lot to address the needs of our citizens while meeting our obligation to clean the storm-water going into Liberty Bay. We finished the paving very quickly because of great planning and implementation from our engineering department and all the contractors on the project. We now have an improved downtown parking lot that will be enjoyed by all the citizens of Poulsbo."
The 5 day closure of Anderson Parkway was the apex of a major facelift given to the main parking area in the downtown corridor and one that merchants were fearful would negatively affect the number of visitors to downtown. While some merchants used the Parkway closure as a time to close their own businesses for a refresh, most merchants stayed open.
The RockFish Group worked in conjunction with the City of Poulsbo to create a parking map to highlight all alternative free parking that was available to visitors of downtown Poulsbo. This map was distributed to over 24,000 households in the Kitsap area. The Historic Downtown Poulsbo Association posted regular parking updates to their website and to their Facebook page to help keep residents informed of the progress of the project. The Port of Poulsbo opened their pay-to-park lot at no charge during the month of February to help ease potential parking problems. The amount of community involvement on all parts is reflected in the success of the Parkway project.
The facelift to the Parkway was much needed to bring Anderson Parkway into compliance with modern day emergency vehicle codes and ecologically. Filterra Units, bio-retention cells, and associated stormwater drainage was installed to prevent runoff into Liberty Bay. Larger crosswalks were installed that also serve double duty as they abut parking stalls meeting ADA requirements. The new wide drive lanes, which replace 14 foot lanes, allow for easy access for emergency vehicles. Fire Chief, Jeffrey Griffin said, ”Poulsbo Fire is excited about the future of our city and is proud to be part of the process. We appreciate the thought and care that goes into the ever-improving public safety and the quality of life. The improved emergency vehicle access of the Anderson Parkway project is a great example of both.”
With the major construction behind them, the City and contractors are working to finish up the project. A second coat of striping for the parking spaces is needed, light poles will be installed, and the landscaping will be completed. These small projects will occur throughout the rest of the month and will cause some parking spaces to be temporarily blocked off while crews work to put the finishing touches on Anderson Parkway.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place Friday, March 8th at 12:00 pm. at the Haven Vei entrance to Anderson Parkway.