Construction crews will break ground on additions to the East Hoquiam Fire Station, located on Ontario Street, on Monday.
The project is being funded by a $900,000 grant from the state Department of Commerce, which was awarded in May of 2012. Since then, city officials have been working to finalize building plans for the fire station and taking bids for construction.
Hoquiam Mayor Jack Durney said the station will be useful for responding to calls at the Port of Grays Harbor, helping the Aberdeen Fire Department and responding to calls when the Simpson Avenue Bridge is up.
“As the recent issues with the aging Simpson Avenue Bridge have proven, there must be a fire and ambulance presence on the east side of the Hoquiam River,” Durney said.
City officials estimate that the renovations will be completed later this year.