City of Vancouver awards $3.65 million contract for Mill Plain project

The section of Mill Plain at I-205 is one of the heaviest traveled streets in Vancouver

VANCOUVER — Vancouver City Council on Monday approved a $3.65 million contract with Rotschy Inc., of Vancouver, for construction of the East Mill Plain Boulevard/104th Avenue improvement project. The project is designed to enhance safety and reduce congestion and delays on the Mill Plain corridor, with improved access at the Mill Plain and Interstate 205 interchange. Construction is expected to begin this year.

Shown here is the project area for the East Mill Plain Boulevard/104th Avenue improvement project (approximately SE 104th Avenue to SE Chkalov Drive). Graphic courtesy of city of Vancouver
Shown here is the project area for the East Mill Plain Boulevard/104th Avenue improvement project (approximately SE 104th Avenue to SE Chkalov Drive). Graphic courtesy of city of Vancouver

The section of Mill Plain at I-205 is one of the heaviest traveled streets in Vancouver. Currently, traffic flow is impacted by two signalized intersections – Southeast 104th and 105th avenues – less than 200 feet apart, lack of queuing space for the southbound I-205 ramp, and high volumes of vehicles heading east on Mill Plain. At the same time, the eastbound left-turn lane to the northbound I-205 ramp lacks the queuing space needed to reduce conflicts of left-turning vehicles blocking eastbound vehicles.

The improvement project will eliminate the traffic signal at 105th Avenue and reroute traffic through the Mill Plain Boulevard/104th intersection. The project will also bring much needed resurfacing to East Mill Plain Boulevard from 104th Avenue to Chkalov Drive, enhance pedestrian access, improve stormwater management, and add/upgrade street lights within the Mill Plain / I-205 interchange.

The estimated $10.1 million project is funded through grants and local matching dollars, and when completed will utilize $4.2 million federal grant dollars, including a $2 million in federal Surface Transportation grant provided through the Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council (RTC).

More information about the project is available at www.cityofvancouver.us/millplain-104.

Information provided by city of Vancouver.

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