Gig Harbor Under Seige
This time of year I always get itchy for school to be out and to escape to Ilwaco. For the last couple of years we’ve had the added incentive to pack up and leave of an on-going and never-ending road project. Yesterday the electronic sign along the road read: “Wollochet road work begins May 21st.” What year are they talking about? What I call the Wollochet Boondoggle has been going on for a two years, heading into the third summer of road closures, back-ups and headaches. Tucci & Sons are doing well on this project. Allegedly the project is to be completed next summer, but a neighbor talked to one of the workers who said that the entire project, to get out to the Fox Island Bridge, will take another five years and come by our house. Argh.
And that isn’t the only construction going on in Greater Gig Harbor. The overpass at Olympic Drive is being repaired due to an accident on highway 16 having damaged it. They have reduced the traffic flow, but are not in a rush to get it finished as evenings and weekends are certainly not in their program.
Because the county thought we weren’t having enough fun with road equipment and traffic, they are starting another project beginning at the intersection by the over-pass on Pt. Fosdick and continuing in a circle around to 56th which was just torn up a couple of years ago.
Of all of these projects the over-pass repair is the only one that seems necessary. Traffic on Wollochet gets slow during the afternoon “rush” hours, but it has never been gridlock—at least not until they started tearing things up.
So when June 21st rolls around I will be more than ready to head to the coast and our house on Spruce St, even if it is a main thoroughfare that turns into a highway. Eighteen wheelers turning toward the dock to get their seafood are noisy sometimes, but at least we should be able to get to the store without running the gauntlet of three road constructions!
I won’t start on what they’ve been doing downtown because I don’t go down there.