Bay Pathway gets $3.5M from state —

Bay Pathway gets $3.5M from state

By Chris Henry
Kitsap Sun

PORT ORCHARD — City officials are elated over an allocation in the state transportation budget that will fully cover construction of the Bay Street Pedestrian Pathway.

Port Orchard learned Friday it received $3.5 million, the entire amount requested. Mayor Tim Matthes credits aggressive lobbying by the city and support from legislators in the 26th District.

The city also received $500,000 from the state’s capital budget to complete improvements to Dekalb Pier, including replacement and extension of the pier and floating dock structure. The capital allocation is in addition to a 2013-15 appropriation of $255,000 that the city was not able to use due to lack of full funding for the project. The $255,000 was reallocated in the 2015-17 capital budget.

The two major allocations are in addition to a $386,000 Recreation and Conservation Office parks grant to complete improvements at McCormick Village Park and $105,750 from the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program for purchase of a small property that is key to the pedestrian pathway.

Details of the projects will be in a story Wednesday.

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