The San Juan County Council unanimously approved allocating funds through 2024 for local roads, marine facilities and trail construction projects on Oct. 23. The 25 projects are part of the county’s six-year Transportation Improvement Program, known as TIP.
Overall, TIP projects totaled roughly $13.38 million through 2024. County staff expect to acquire about $6.6 million in grants while using county road funds for the rest. San Juan County engineer Colin Huntemer stressed that the TIP is a planning tool, so the figures may slightly change.
The Orcas Island projects are: Orcas Road improvements for $2.2 million; West Beach Road culvert replacement for $720,000; upper Deer Harbor Road improvements for $510,000, Prune Alley Road improvements for $3.7 million; A Street Road improvements for $300,000; Haven Road pedestrian improvements for $75,000; Obstruction Pass Road intersection for $100,000; Orcas Landing marine facility for $50,000; West Sound marine facility for $225,000; Enchanted Forest Road trail for $100,000; Lover’s Lane trail for $100,000; and Crescent Beach Road trail for $100,000.
The Lopez projects are: Agate Beach County Park Road relocations for $250,000; Center Road improvements for $300,000; Dill Road intersection for $100,000; Hunter Bay marine facility for $225,000; and Lopez Road trail for $100,000.
San Juan Island projects are: Pear Point Road and Turn Point Road connector for $10,000; Beaverton Valley Road culvert replacement for $200,000; Douglas Road improvements for $2.6 million; Rouleau Road improvements for $100,000; San Juan Valley Road improvements for $200,000; and Lawson Road intersection for $100,000.
Mooring buoys for any area in the county will be purchased for $60,000, and converting county gravel roads to chip seal is expected to cost $900,000.