With just a few details to be ironed out in its irrigation system, the Midvale Road improvement project is for all intents completed, at least that is the word from the Port of Sunnyside office.
The Sunnyside Port Commission recently approved what may be the last change order in the five-year project, which is coming in very close to its original $4.8 million budget.
The last change order covered a myriad of odds and ends which were actually completed last year, said Amber Hansen, Port manager.
She said the change order in the amount of $12,304 marks the completion of the project. She said the change order amount, which covered such things as the raising of catch basins, adjustments to manholes, as well as the removal of rocks in landscaped areas and the widening of driveways, will be paid to Columbia Asphalt and Gravel, the primary contractor on the project.
The minor problems in the Midvale irrigation system is one of the last tasks needed to complete the project, Hansen said. She said the irrigation issue is being handled by Muffett and Sons, a subcontractor on the expansion project.
Started in 2000, the Midvale Road improvement project has widened the historic farm-to-market arterial from the Sunnyside city limits to Bishop Road near Van De Graaf Ranches. The expansion, which has included the addition of sidewalks, curbs, gutters and lights, also included covering the Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District drainage ditch from the city limits to the Darling Delaware property on Midvale Road.
The expansion project has served to create a much more attractive city entrance to Sunnyside at I-82 Exit 67.
Hansen said the Port is not quite done with the project, adding that plans are in the works to landscape the I-82 off-ramp islands, which empty onto Midvale Road.
With the approval of the last project change order, the Port Commission is now able to declare that the physical portion of the Midvale project has been completed by Columbia Asphalt and Gravel. Hansen said by approving the physical completion of the project, the commissioners are calling for all parties involved in the project to submit any outstanding bills.
"Once all of the bills are paid, then the job is truly done," Hansen said.
"It has been a big project. What we're now seeing is the light at the end of the tunnel," she added.