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South Prairie Road project hits the road

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By Dennis Box-The Courier-Herald

The asphalt was rolling Friday on South Prairie Road just in time for the opening of school Sept. 4.

The lane expansion project was scheduled to be completed before Labor Day, which Woodworth and Company from Tacoma was able to meet despite some delays.

“The project is on time and on budget,” Public Works Director Dan Grigsby said. “I was hoping we would be done a little earlier, but we made it.”

Woodworth began paving South Prairie Road and 198th Street Friday. The plan was to have the paving finished by Monday with the lane and crosswalk markings completed later this week.

Along with the lane expansion, new signal lights and poles were erected at state Route 410 and 200th Court East.

The road was expanded to five lanes, two lanes in each direction with a center turn lane. There is a right turn off SR 410 and another off South Prairie Road onto 200th Court East. The intersection of 200th Court East and South Prairie Road allows a legal U-turn.

The cost of the project was about $3.9 million with the city of Bonney Lake paying $267,000 after the Cascadia development company paid about $2 million into the project for mitigation fees and the state Transportation Improvement Board approved about $1.8 million.

Right of way acquisition costs rang up at $376,616, with seven listed settlement amounts.

The Youngberg property settlement came in at $175,000 after Pierce County offered $114,400; Bethel Family Church received $126,250 after a $53,750 county offer; the Allen family settlement was $40,500 after $11,050 was offered; the Yun property was offered $6,750 and the settlement was $9,256; Henschell property, $20,700, no offer was listed. The Albertsons/Powell easements were $910 from the same offer and Powell/Bonney Lake was $4,000 after a $3,420 offer from the county.

With this phase of the project completed, more work is planned for next year.

According to Grigsby, in 2008 the developer for Lowe's will tear up the curb and gutter next to the development on the east side of South Prairie Road, then add an extra lane, creating a three-lane left turn onto SR 410 from South Prairie Road.

The developer will also add another lane with curb and gutter to SR 410 from the South Prairie Road intersection to about 192nd Avenue East.

The plan is for a Lowe's home improvement store of 139,000 square foot with a 32,000 square foot garden center and about 75,000 additional square feet for other retail stores at the corner of South Prairie Road and SR 410 across from Albertsons.

The work currently being done on the Lowe's site is earthwork in preparation for building in the spring, according to Grigsby.

The developer intends to have the Lowe's development completed next year.

Dennis Box can be reached at dbox@courierherald.com.

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