Kurt Cichosz, a foreman with Tapani Underground Inc., has eaten at Quiznos, in Washougal, five days a week, for four months.
As one of the road construction crew members working on the state Route 14 improvements project, Cichosz estimates he has spent more than $1,000 on a variety of sandwiches, sodas, chips and cookies at the local Quiznos.
“It’s healthier [than fast food], a great value and there is great customer service,” he said.
Cichosz, a resident of Battle Ground, said he has been spending additional money locally including gasoline purchases at Jimbo’s Chevron since he started working on the SR-14 improvements project.
He is among the Tapani employees who have been supporting local companies.
“The businesses have been real pleasant to work with,” said Randy Allen, a foreman.
When the SR-14 improvements project is completed, the highway will be four lanes wide between the West Camas Slough Bridge and Sixth Street in Washougal. A median barrier is expected to improve safety by dividing traffic between Northwest Sixth Avenue and Sixth Street. The new split diamond interchange will carry SR-14 traffic up and over Union and Second streets.