Project Numbers: 342112, 390722 and 333122
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 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 - May 19, 2014
Clark County Public Works will close NE 119th Street about a half mile east of NE 87th Avenue to replace the railroad crossing.
The road will close at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 28, and reopen no later than 5 a.m. Thursday, May 29. If all work cannot be completed in that nine-hour window, a second closure will take place the following evening.
Drivers can bypass the construction by detouring south to NE Padden Parkway.
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.
NE 119th Street railroad crossing replacement (Project 342112) – A contractor working for Clark County will replace the railroad crossing, which has deteriorated to the point it needs
to be replaced with more durable concrete panels.
Construction is expected to begin in May 2014 and be completed by the end of June 2014.
Construction will require periodic single-lane closures on NE 119th Street during weekdays. A nighttime closure of NE 119th Street will be necessary to complete the project. Message boards will be used along
NE 119th to announce the date of the closure.
Through traffic may want to detour south to Padden Parkway. Signs will direct drivers around the construction zone
during the nighttime closure.
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.
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.
Construction will begin this summer and is scheduled to last for three construction seasons, with completion in 2016.
The road will be passable but travel speeds could be slow because of lane closures, construction equipment and rough
driving surfaces. Drivers should avoid the area, if possible, and obey the directions of flaggers at all times.
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 this summer, but the work could be postponed until 2015.
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.
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.
Robin Washington, Project Manager
(360) 397-6118 ext. 4572
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