Newport, WA

The City of Newport Street and Sidewalk Downtown Revitalization project is a prime example of teamwork in action. The project was put into motion by a citizens committee working toward the betterment of the City. Public involvement was key in this project. Many public input meetings were conducted and surveys mailed to residents of Newport. The public actually made major project decisions prior to the design phase. We worked closely with the media, the Downtown Revitalization Committee, and with City personnel. When James A. Sewell & Associates became involved, the people of the community needed our firm to put their ideas in motion. We continued their work by holding a multitude of public discussions, actually voting on non-technical issues which affected the citizens of Newport. Throughout design and construction, James A. Sewell & Associates worked closely with CH2M Hill, the City of Newport, Transaid and WSDOT to bring this $3.7 million project to a reality. The success of this project has made Newport a showcase of what is possible for a small communities. This project was funded primarily through grants from seven different funding agencies including CBDG, USFS, WSDOT, TIB, ISTEA and a downtown LID. The total project cost was approximately 3.7 million dollars, which included reconstruction of approximately 2.92 miles of State Highway as a one-way couplet, which additional side street reconstruction. This project received the 1999 AWC Municipal Achievement Award in recognition of being “Under Budget, Ahead of Schedule”.