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NE 119th Street improvements

  • Near intersection with 503

    Early work on the NE 119th Street corridor included a private company making improvements between NE 111th Avenue and NE 117th Avenue/State Route 503. Those improvements were built as part of the development on the north side of NE 119th Street, just west of NE 117th Avenue/State Route 503, that includes WinCo Foods.

    Project Numbers: 342112, 390722 and 333122
  • Project limits: NE 119th Street at NE 50th Avenue; NE 119th Street between NE 72nd Avenue and NE 87th Avenue; NE 119th Street between NE 50th Avenue and NE 72nd Avenue.
  • Project Type: Road widening, drainage and frontage improvements.

Project update - August 2014
On Aug. 5, 2014, the Board of County Commissioners awarded a $19.34 million contract to Rotschy Inc., a Clark County-based contractor, to improve NE 119th Street, from NE 72nd Avenue to NE 87th Avenue (Project 390722).

Improvements: Two travel lanes in each direction, a continuous center left-turn lane, dual left-turn lanes from NE 119th Street westbound into NE 72nd Avenue, bicycle lanes and sidewalks.

More than $3 million in sewer and water upgrades will be built in partnership with Clark Regional Wastewater District and Clark Public Utilities. This infrastructure will encourage additional economic expansion along the corridor.

This project is being funded in part by $3.54 million in grants from the Federal Highway Administration and $2.25 million from the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board.

Schedule: Construction will begin this summer and is scheduled for completion in 2016.

Driving conditions: The road will be passable but travel speeds could be slow because of lane closures, construction equipment and rough driving surfaces. The speed limit on NE 119th Street will be lowered to 25 mph during construction. Fines for speeding and other traffic infractions are double in work zones.

Drivers may want to detour around construction using NE 139th Street. Please obey the directions of flaggers at all times while driving in the construction zone.

Culvert replacement: This project also will involve replacing the Curtin Creek culvert under NE 119th Street, about a half mile east of NE 72nd Avenue. This work will require closing NE 119th Street at Curtin Creek to through traffic for two to three months.

Temporary signs will direct drivers to detour north to NE 139th Street using NE 72nd Avenue and NE 87th Avenue. Culvert construction is expected to be done in 2015.

Future projects
NE 119th Street, NE 50th Avenue to NE 72nd Avenue (Project 333122) – Clark County has started design work for improving this section of NE 119th Street. Construction is scheduled for 2017 and is expected to take a single season to complete.

Project background

Improvements to NE 119th Street will improve safety and ease congestion

In 2009, a private developer improved the road, from NE 111th Avenue to NE 117th Avenue/SR 503. The county constructed NE 112th Avenue and a portion of a new traffic signal, which will serve Prairie High School.

In 2013, Clark County upgraded the intersection of NE 119th Street and NE 50th Avenue. The project widened the intersection and added a traffic signal, sidewalks and left-turn lanes in all four directions. In addition, the hill on NE 119th Street east of NE 50th Avenue was shaved down to improve sight distance and motorist safety. Retaining walls also were built, along with facilities to collect and treat
polluted storm runoff.

Why is the county building these projects?
Improvements to the NE 119th Street corridor are required in part due to a Developer's Agreement to improve the intersections at NE 117th Avenue/State Route 503 and at 72nd Avenue. Improvements will allow for the lifting of Urban Holding and will support economic development in the area while providing safer, more convenient travel.

Alternatives analysis

Environmental improvements

The entire corridor is now in the environmental permitting process. Environmental enhancements at Curtin Creek will include replacing undersized culverts with a new crossing to allow for fish passage and improved flood plain storage. Mitigation improvements will extend the Curtin Creek greenway, including publicly accessible trails.

More information
Robin Washington, Project Manager
(360) 397-6118 ext. 4572
Robin.Washington@clark.wa.gov

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