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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: 313622, 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.

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.

Future projects

NE 119th Street, NE 72nd Avenue to NE 87th Avenue (Project 390722) – Improvements will include 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.

Construction is scheduled to begin in summer 2014 and last for three seasons. Through traffic should plan to follow temporary detour signs and bypass the construction zone.

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.

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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