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Plans are moving ahead to extend the Guemes Channel Trail. Early design work will soon start on lengthening the trail by more than a mile-and-a-half, thanks to action just taken by the City Council.

The Council Monday night approved contracts with Seattle landscape design firm MacLeod Reckord to do what’s called 30-percent design work on phase 2, at the west end of the current trail and phase 6 at the east end of the current trail.

Phase 2 will extend the trail to the state ferry landing, while phase 6 will extend the trail to the Guemes Ferry landing, a section that is expected to be very challenging because so much of the land along the route is privately owned.

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The price tag for the two contracts is nearly $200,000,with funds coming from the federal government and allocated by the state Department of Transportation. The contract is for $78,967.43 for phase 2 work and $106,029.69 for phase 6 work.

The plan calls for the Guemes Channel Trail to eventually extend to Washington Park.

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

4,586 Confirmed Skagit Cases
390-399 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

288 Hospitalizations
67 Deaths
35,476 Fully Vaccinated
50,348 Initial Doses Given


357,122 Confirmed Cases Statewide
21,368 Hospitalizations

5,380 Deaths Statewide
1,830,811 Fully Vaccinated
2,748,811 Initial Doses Given

Updated 8 pm, April 16, 2021.

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Sources: Skagit County Public Health, Washington State Department of Health, New York Times

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