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Skansie Park / Welcome Plaza / Lift Station 4


Project Update 04/03/17   

Work in Progress:

The City’s contractor, Stellar J Corporation has completed all roadway civil work, constructed the ADA pedestrian ramps, and has paved Harborview Drive.  Striping of the roadway will take place at a later date and the lane shift will remain in effect until the project is complete.  Stellar J and their subcontractors continue to work on the building and the reclaimed cedar siding is now being installed.  Crews will be working on the installation of the water feature plumbing and electrical and will be working on placing the concrete slab in the plaza area in anticipation of installation of the plaza pavers.  Stellar J will be clearing out the park of all their storage containers and extra construction material in preparation for the landscaping subcontractor to come in and begin installation of the under drain system, irrigation system and the import of new top soil and sod. 

Behind the scenes the crews are working inside the mechanical/electrical room and the wet well, fitting piping together, running electrical wires and installing pumps.  They will be starting up and testing the new wet well in mid-April. Following a successful commissioning period of the new system, the old lift station will be decommissioned and demolished, and the backup pump that sits next to the sidewalk will be moved into the new building.  The temporary power poles will be removed and the crews will finish the work in the area of the old lift station.

Stellar J Corporation has stated that they are on schedule and anticipate being completed by May 24, 2017.

Temporary Traffic Configuration:
The temporary lane shift will remain in effect until the end of the project.

Pedestrian Detour:
The sidewalk adjacent to Skansie Park remains closed. Pedestrians are re-routed to the sidewalk on the south side of Harborview Drive. A temporary crosswalk is part of the sidewalk closure. The pedestrian detour along this portion of Harborview Drive will continue to remain in place until the project is completed.

Remaining Work and Timelines:

April – June 2017 Complete the construction of the replacement Lift Station No. 4 and Welcome Plaza that includes two public restrooms, two public family restrooms with showers, and other facilities to support the boating community that utilizes Jerisich Dock.




Primary Project Contact:
George Flanigan, Construction Supervisor
FlaniganG@cityofgigharbor.net or (253) 853-7618

Project Updates:
These project updates will be posted on the Skansie Park Project website at www.SkansieParkProject.com.

The City will continue to also circulate periodic updates by email. If you know someone that would be interested in receiving these email notices, please contact Maureen Whitaker, Executive Assistant at WhitakerM@cityofgigharbor.net

Project Background:

This project provides for the following three separate improvements to Skansie Brothers Park:

The current restroom facility is under sized and outdated for the number of people that use this park on a daily basis. Additionally, the current restrooms are flooded by sea water during extreme high tides, rendering them unusable during these events and allowing sea water to enter the City’s sewer system. This project includes a new building with two family restrooms with showers, two public restrooms, and other facilities to support the boating community that utilize Jerisich Dock. The finished floor elevation of the new building will be raised approximately 3 feet to prevent flooding during high tide events, and the roof of the building will be an ADA accessible public viewing deck.

The City’s sewer Lift Station #4 is currently located in Skansie Park and receives approximately 1/3rd of the City’s sewer flows. Lift Station #4 has been scheduled for replacement since 2011. This project will install a new lift station with increased storage volume and improved reliability to handle the anticipated growth.

This project will also provide for a new public plaza with seating and open space, which centers around Gig Harbor’s Fishermen’s Memorial.

Starting September 6, 2016, the north half of Skansie Brothers Park will be closed to public use through the duration of the project.

An ADA accessible route is provided from the park pavilion to Jerisich Dock, which will remain open during construction. There will be periodic dock closures throughout the project but public notice will be given prior to dock closures. The Jerisich Dock boat pump-out station will be closed from Sept. 6, 2106 and operational near Memorial Day 2017. Boaters are encouraged to use the year-round boat pump-out station located at Maritime Pier, 3003 Harborview Drive. Wireless service at the dock will also be offline until construction is complete.

There will be ongoing lane closures and lane shifts on Harborview Drive and traffic control will be provided during this project. Through-traffic is strongly recommended to use alternative routes.

Access to all businesses and residences will be provided throughout the duration of the project.

Expect louder than normal construction noise during work hours including heavy vibrations, backup alarms, and large equipment motor noise.

To join the email list to receive periodic construction updates about the Welcome Plaza / Lift Station 4 Project, please email Maureen Whitaker at the City of Gig Harbor.

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