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5/1/2012

Northeast 88th Street project heads toward June construction start

County staff available to present details, answer questions during May 9 open house

Contact

Don Andrews, Public Works
Phone: (360) 397-6118 ext. 4362
Don.Andrews@clark.wa.gov

Vancouver, WA Construction is expected to begin next month on a project to widen and improve 1.7 miles of Northeast 88th Street, from Highway 99 to Northeast St. Johns Road.

The project will:
Rebuild one travel lane in each direction and add a continuous left-turn lane.
Install bicycle lanes, planter strips, sidewalks, curbs and gutters.
Replace utility lines and build stormwater improvements, including rain gardens to collect and treat polluted storm runoff in some planter strips.

The $17.4 million project will be built in three phases, with workers concentrating on one road section and, when possible, leaving the rest open to traffic. Inside the construction zone, the street will be closed to all traffic, except for emergency vehicles, school buses and private vehicles for residents who have no other way to reach their homes.

Residents who must drive through Northeast 88th Street construction should expect delays. All other traffic should use Northeast 78th Street.

At this point, the Vancouver and Battle Ground school districts plan to use regular bus routes.

Construction will require C-Tran Route 25 (Fruit Valley/St. Johns) to use a detour. Beginning Sunday, May 13, buses will not serve Northeast 88th Street between Northeast 25th Avenue and Highway 99 during construction. Riders may need to catch the #25 bus on Northeast 99th Street or the #78 bus on Northeast 78th Street. For details and alternatives, go to www.c-tran.com.

Clark County will host an open house on the Northeast 88th Street project from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, at Clark Regional Wastewater District, 8000 NE 52nd Court. Residents can drop by any time during the informal open house and get answers to questions.

For more information on this road project: www.clark.wa.gov/publicworks/roads/88th.html.

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