The City Council has approved a $600,000 contract to build another section of the Guemes Channel Trail, which will ultimately connect the state ferry landing with downtown Anacortes and the Tommy Thompson Trail.
The Council Monday night approved a bid by Strandberg Excavation for $100,000 under the city engineer’s original estimate and $400,000 under the top bid for the project.
The contract will extend the trail by 4,000 feet, or about three-quarters of a mile from the current portion of the trail just east of the Edwards Way cul-de-sac in the San Juan Passage housing development. The new addition will extend the trail closer to Lovric’s Marina.
City Public Works Director Fred Buckenmeyer said the new portion of the trail is being funded entirely by the U. S. Department of Commerce and will not need any matching funds from the city.
Buckenmeyer said the city is waiting for one more permit from the Army Corps of Engineers and that the contract will be executed once that permit is received, which he said he expects will happen very soon.