1. PORT ANGELES – The price to expand William Shore Memorial Pool has gone up.

Pool district executive director Steve Burke says the pool district’s board approved the final contract with Neeley Construction on July 5 and now have a guaranteed finish date by June 1, 2020. But the will be much steeper.

Burke says that due to market conditions and difficulty of the project, construction costs rose from the anticipated $10.8 million to $13.5 million.

He says the district’s project plan had contingency funds set aside for this possibility and will use those funds to cover the price increase. This brings the total project costs, including moving the Horizon Center, design, engineering and sales tax, from $16.9 million to $20.0 million.

The district has secured over $3.5 million in grant funding from the Federal and State government, and an additional $800,000 is anticipated to be received in the 2020 state capital budget.

Neeley Construction and the subcontractors will be onsite and working starting next week.

They will post weekly updates on construction progress on their website at www.williamshorepool.org.