Nearly half of the neighborhoods here will see some type of pavement work this summer
VANCOUVER — The city of Vancouver’s Pavement Management Program is preparing for another big year, putting approximately $11 million into improving pavement conditions throughout the community. Nearly half of the neighborhoods here will see some type of pavement work this summer as a result of this program, which has been expanded with support of the city’s Street Funding Strategy.
For 2019, this work will include paving portions of East Mill Plain Boulevard, East 18th Street, Northeast 162nd/164th Avenue and Southeast Evergreen Highway. In addition, 6.2 lane miles of residential streets, currently in poor or failed condition, will be rehabilitated.
Pavement preservation work – which includes microsurfacing, slurry seal, asphalt rubber chip seal, and cape seal treatments – is another big component of the annual Pavement Management Program. This year’s preservation efforts will focus on areas west of Interstate 205, and include portions of East 5th Street, Columbia Way, Nicholson Road, Stapleton Road, Vancouver Plaza Drive, Northeast 98th Avenue, and more.
Preliminary work is already underway, with certified arborist contractors trimming trees to clear the way for construction equipment and other contractors constructing new curb ramps in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The upgraded ramps will increase pedestrian safety and make sidewalks more accessible for everyone.
There are about 1,900 lanes 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.
Vancouver’s Street Funding Strategy, adopted by the city council in 2015, continues to make significant strides in improving the community’s complete transportation system. Transportation Benefit District fees are a substantial part of that funding strategy. Through this strategy, Vancouver has forged a strong and sustainable foundation for improving the community’s street system and reversing a trend of deteriorating pavement conditions.
Information provided by city of Vancouver.