County construction contributes $25 million to local economy in 2013
Heath Henderson, Public Works
Vancouver, WA Dry weather during the second half of October has allowed Clark County to complete projects that funneled millions into the economy during the 2013 construction season.
As of last week, the county had paid about $25 million to private contractors who built or upgraded roads, bridges, sidewalks, traffic signals and stormwater facilities during 2013. More than half was paid in August and September.
Fencing, landscaping, minor paving and some cleanup still needs to be done, but all major construction and paving has been completed. Work will continue as weather permits.
We understand that construction creates headaches for some residents and drivers, said Engineering and Construction Manager Heath Henderson. The payoff is better roads that improve safety and ease congestion. In addition, we are working to preserve previous road investments to prevent costly repairs.
More than 45,000 tons of asphalt was used on overlays to preserve sections of 16 county roads. The work included repaving three major roads that required full weekend closures: Northeast 78th and 99th Streets, on both sides of Interstate 5; and Northeast Padden Parkway, from Northeast Andresen Road to Northeast 94th Avenue.
Some of the more notable projects built or completed this year include:
Widening and improving Northeast 88th Street, from Highway 99 to Northeast St. Johns Road, a project that started in 2012.
Widening and improving the intersection of Northeast 119th Street and Northeast 50th Avenue, including removing a hill that impaired sight distance east of the intersection.
Reconstructing Northwest Timmen Road, from Northwest La Center Road to South Fifth Street in Ridgefield, a project that included installing a 24-inch waterline in partnership with Clark Public Utilities and adding turn lanes for Northwest La Center Road.
Upgrading Northeast 10th Avenue, between Northeast 141st and 149th Streets.
Contractors also preserved roads in urban areas by:
Sealing 394,000 square yards of pavement using a mix of emulsified oil and crushed rock.
Sealing 67,000 square yards of pavement by applying a layer of asphalt mixed with ground up rubber recycled from used tires, followed by a coating of emulsified oil and crushed rock.