Improvements for safe walking and biking coming to Southeast Tech Center Drive


Project developed in response to requests from employers and community members asking for better multimodal facilities for employees and others

VANCOUVER — A city of Vancouver improvement project coming this summer will help make Southeast Tech Center Drive in east Vancouver a safer place for all modes of transportation.

A city of Vancouver improvement project coming this summer will help make Southeast Tech Center Drive in east Vancouver a safer place for all modes of transportation. Photo by Paul Valencia
A city of Vancouver improvement project coming this summer will help make Southeast Tech Center Drive in east Vancouver a safer place for all modes of transportation. Photo by Paul Valencia

The Tech Center Drive Safety Improvement project, between Southeast 172nd Avenue and Tech Center Place/167th Avenue, will increase access for people biking and walking in a major employment center and fill a gap in the city’s bike network. The city developed this project in response to requests from employers and community members asking for better multimodal facilities for employees and others who travel in the area.

This project will:

  • Add protected bike lanes on Southeast Tech Center Drive/172nd Avenue between Southeast Tech Center Place and 200 feet north of Southeast Mill Plain Boulevard; and on Southeast Tech Center Place between Southeast Tech Center Drive and Southeast 15th Street.
  • Add bicycle “sharrows” (shared lane markings) and speed cushions on Southeast 167th Avenue between Southeast 15th and 20th streets.
  • Create a protected intersection at Southeast Tech Center Drive and Tech Center Place, which includes installing curbs that extend out a short distance from each corner of the intersection, slowing vehicles and making it easier for drivers to see people walking or biking. It will also add painted white crosswalks and green “crossbikes” (similar to crosswalks but for people biking) to assist people on foot or on bikes who want to cross the intersection.

Construction is expected to begin later this summer and be complete in late fall 2020, weather permitting. Construction updates will be posted on the project webpage as information becomes available.

The Tech Center Drive Safety Improvement project, between Southeast 172nd Avenue and Tech Center Place/167th Avenue, will increase access for people biking and walking in a major employment center and fill a gap in the city’s bike network. Photo by Paul Valencia
The Tech Center Drive Safety Improvement project, between Southeast 172nd Avenue and Tech Center Place/167th Avenue, will increase access for people biking and walking in a major employment center and fill a gap in the city’s bike network. Photo by Paul Valencia

This project meets the state’s requirements for new construction allowed during Phase 2 of the state’s Safe Start Washington reopening plan. Contractors will implement safety measures compliant with local and state COVID-19-related health and safety guidelines during construction.

This improvement project is entirely funded through the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board Complete Streets program.

For more information about the project and to receive email updates, please visit www.cityofvancouver.us/CTCDriveSafety.

Information provided by city of Vancouver.

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