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Shell Beach community members eager to see project finished, roadways begin pavement

Posted at 12:08 AM, Jul 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-24 03:08:58-04

Construction along Shell Beach Road that has been in the works for the past two years is wrapping up.

The Shell Beach community has eagerly awaited this project, despite traffic delays with construction on the roadway.

"Just seeing the progress day by day, street lights went in, the path was made," Shell Beach resident James Gillette said. "Now they're wrapping up the paving so it's pretty much on the tail end."

Some new features of the Shell Beach project include storm drain improvements, fire hydrant replacements, pedestrian and ADA compliant footpaths, new street lighting, paved roadways, and unique tile-stones along the city.

Funding for the project came from a combination of general funds, state grants, and water and sewer funds, costing an estimated $14 million to complete.

Many community members feel the project will help the unique area become a more desirable location, but are looking forward to the construction being finalized.

Several business owners say they feel the project has helped draw the community and businesses alike closer together.

"Over the last year and a half it's been a challenge, but everybody's kind of plowed through it and ultimately it’s going to be really beneficial for the business and for the community," Shell Beach business building owner Brenden Beck said.

The city has been working on the project since 2018. Final touches of are expected to wrap up in August.