Now, what it interesting to me is that, per specs to protect native fish, my little 8-foot-wide driveway will be replaced by a massive 60-foot-wide structure. None of the guys doing the construction nor I can understand the logic of how that is more fish friendly. But, who is to question the wisdom of those omniscient entities at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife?
There is something that I would like to make very clear:
Gina Piazza at DFW expected me, a lowly working-class homeowner, to fully fund and arrange this construction MYSELF!
Let's see what we've got down there: a huge excavator, a backhoe, a concrete crane, two concrete mixer trucks, two dump trucks, a whole mess of utility trucks, and at least 20 guys who are working 12-hour shifts, 6 days a week. They will be here working 6-8 weeks. They bought us an $800 generator and are supplying us with about $50 of gas a day (as they had to cut our power line so no one gets hurt on the job site). Oh yeah, I've certainly got enough change in my mason jar to fund this kind of operation. Seriously folks, am I from another planet, or is it absolutely ridiculous for a government agency to expect a homeowner to be able to pull something like this off? When I was researching repair options after a heavy rain washed out our driveway (and after Ms. Piazza told me that she expected my repair to be "just like what DOT did at 305 and Johnson"), I discovered that the cost of the repair would be about a quarter million dollars. Folks, that is as much as my property was worth back in early 2011 when I was pricing the repair. What kind of bank do you think would give me a loan for that? I don't think I will ever wrap my head around this one.
Here are some more pictures...