City celebrates Marine Drive completion
City officials held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday to open a newly renovated half-mile section of Marine Drive.
The occasion marked the end of a two-year project that installed a 400,000-gallon wastewater storage tank underneath the roadway in addition to adding curbs, sidewalks and rain garden runoff gutters on the surface from Muholin Drive to the western end of the Blaine Marina.
City Manager Gary Tomsic led the festivities, saying “The marine Drive ribbon cutting ceremony not only represents the successful completion of an important project but also the beginning of a series of major projects that will change Blaine in positive ways for years to come.”
Yet to come is a new wastewater treatment facility on the north side of Marine Drive west of Marine Park, which will begin construction next year, in addition to a project to deal with what Tomsic called the gateway to Marine Drive, the short stretch of road that runs from Peace Portal Drive west to the project that begins just west of the railroad tracks.
The project was designed by TetraTech/KCM of Seattle and was built by Blaine contractor Colacurcio Brothers Construction.
It was funded in part by grants from the state appointed transportation improvement board as well as with a low interest loan from public works trust fund.