Project completion is anticipated in mid-July
VANCOUVER — A city of Vancouver project to resurface Northeast 162nd/164th Avenue, between Northeast 18th Street and Southeast Mill Plain Boulevard, is expected to get underway the week of June 17. Work will be done each night, from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., Monday nights through Saturday mornings, to reduce travel impacts. Project completion is anticipated in mid-July.
Lakeside Industries, contractors for the city on this project, will be grinding off existing pavement, paving with hot asphalt and replacing pavement markings. The work will be done as part of a rolling operation over consecutive nights, from north to south, within the segments shown below:
• Northeast 18th Street to approximately Northeast 7th Street
• Northeast 7th Street to Southeast 1st Street
• Southeast 1st Street to Southeast Mill Plain Boulevard
Note: Resurfacing of the intersection at Southeast 1st Street will occur later as part of coming improvements there, currently projected for 2020.
The Northeast 162nd/164th Avenue corridor will remain open throughout the project, though travel will be reduced to one lane in each direction during construction hours. Drivers should watch message boards and be alert to reduced travel lanes, lane changes, and flaggers and equipment in the roadway. Vehicles will be able to drive on the street after grinding, prior to paving, but drivers should be prepared for possible rough surfaces. Motorcycles should use caution.
Pavement work is weather dependent, and schedules are subject to change. For more information, visit the Pavement Management webpage. To view tentative schedules and a link to a map showing where work is occurring, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/PMschedule.
This Northeast 162nd/164th Avenue resurfacing project is part of the city’s 2019 Pavement Management Program, with 50 percent of the funding provided by a grant through the Washington State Department of Transportation and the National Highway System (NHS). The remaining funding for this project is from the city’s Street Funding Strategy, adopted by the City Council in 2015 to provide a strong and sustainable foundation for improving the community’s street system and reversing a trend of deteriorating pavement conditions.
There are about 1,900 lane miles of paved streets in Vancouver. Each year, streets are evaluated to determine the most cost-effective methods to extend pavement life and provide better driving conditions. When streets begin to fail, they fail quickly and the cost to repair them increases dramatically. Keeping good streets in good condition provides the most effective and efficient use of available resources.
In 2018, the successful leveraging of Street Funding Strategy resources allowed the city to obtain more than $8.4 million in new transportation improvement grants, while expanding the Pavement Management Program to nearly half of the city’s neighborhoods. This year’s Pavement Management Program will again benefit nearly half of the city’s neighborhoods, putting more than $11 million into improving pavement conditions throughout the community. Revenues from Transportation Benefit District vehicle license renewals account for about half of the total Street Funding Strategy resources.
Information provided by city of Vancouver.