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Sr 14 Paving Project Again Delayed

Project once again pushed back 60 days

You might have noticed that no highway construction is going on along State Route 14 through Bingen.

According to Bingen Mayor Brian Prigel, that's because the project has once again been pushed back.

"It has been delayed by 60 days," Prigel explained. "They originally planned to start work right after Labor Day."

Prigel blamed the holdup on working out right of way acquisitions.

"It's a big project, and last minute details regarding the right of way is a big part of it," Prigel said. "But the [Washington] Department of Transportation does have `possession and use' agreements with all of the property owners."

The new timetable on the $6 million project has the DOT putting the project out to bid in mid-September, with work expected to get under way by early November.

Plans call for repaving of SR 14 from the entrance to the Hood River Toll Bridge east to the Big River Diner, with a new sidewalk beginning in front of Bridge Mart and continuing into downtown Bingen.

"The downtown section should be done by Memorial Day, 2003," Prigel said. "Crews will work through the winter. Typically here, contractors can work through the winter unless we have extreme rain or snow."

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