The city of Lacey has secured a grant from the state that finally will allow it to move forward on some key road improvements in Hawks Prairie.
The $4 million state Transportation Improvement Board grant, which is funded by a portion of the state’s gasoline tax, was announced at Thursday night’s Lacey City Council meeting by City Manager Scott Spence.
The $4 million represents the bulk of a $7.6 million project that will widen and reinforce Hogum Bay Road and create a roundabout at Willamette Drive and Hogum Bay Road, said Scott Egger, the city’s public works director.
About a mile of Hogum Bay Road will be improved from Marvin Road to about 800 feet north of 31st Avenue, he said.
The project is expected to go to bid in late 2015, with construction in 2016, Egger said.
The improvements are in line with a longtime city goal of making that stretch of Hogum Bay Road a key freight route. And that it has become: distribution centers for Target, Trader Joe’s and Harbor Wholesale Foods are north of 31st Avenue.
Meanwhile, the roundabout at Willamette Drive and Hogum Bay Road should address two issues: alleviate driver concerns about the width and difficulty in crossing Willamette Drive and improve traffic flow.
“It’s an efficient way to move traffic and truck traffic,” Egger said.
Another business that could benefit from improvements to Hogum Bay Road is Arbormain, a division of Seattle-based Privateer Holdings that has proposed a 200,000-square-foot warehouse in the area to serve the state’s fledgling recreational marijuana industry.
Modular spaces within the building would be leased to marijuana producers and processors, Privateer managing director Patrick Moen told The Olympian in July.
But after a preliminary meeting with the city about Arbormain’s plans, company representatives have so far not returned to move the development process to the next stage, Lacey Community Development Director Rick Walk said.