Safe Routes to School – Cedar Ave. Project
The PUD recently completed a project in partnership with Jefferson County Dept of Public Works, Washington State DOT, Jefferson Transit, Chimacum School District, and Jefferson County Library system to create safer pedestrian passage between public services in Port Hadlock.
The project involved the construction of nearly 3/8-mile of sidewalks along Cedar Ave in Port Hadlock, 600 feet of pedestrian-bike path connecting Chimacum Primary School and the library, as well as pedestrian-activated crosswalk beacons on SR116, and 140’ of new sidewalk for the County Library.
In conjunction with the installation of the sidewalks, the PUD removed power poles, undergrounded powerlines, and installed new streetlights. The project also allowed the PUD to upgraded aging residential infrastructure along the Cedar Ave corridor.
The majority of the funding for the project came from Washington State Department of Transportation’s a Safe Routes to School Program. Jefferson County funded lighting upgrades and the PUD provided funding for the overhead-to-underground conversion.
Work on the Cedar Ave project began in April 2022, according to PUD Engineering Manager Jimmy Scarborough. “A project like this is very complex when it comes to the vision and planning for the future,” Scarborough said. “The end result really is a great addition to the community.”
The SR116–Cedar Ave. Safe Routes to School project showcases coordination between the PUD and city and county partners for undergrounding utilities as new pedestrian infrastructure is put in place.
For more information about the SR116–Cedar Ave project, visit the Jefferson County project page, here.