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Road construction and maintenance

NE 119th Street improvements

  • Near intersection with 503

    Early work on the NE 119th Street corridor included a private company making improvements between NE 112th 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.

Construction update - August 2014
Rotschy Inc., a Clark County-based contractor, is continuing work on a $19.3 million project to widen and improve NE 119th Street, along with smaller improvements to NE 72nd and 87th avenues.

The project (390722) will build 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.

After a five-week closure to replace the Curtin Creek culvert, NE 119th Street reopened to through traffic on Aug. 10, 2015. A short section of NE 119th Street, about a half mile east of NE 72nd Avenue, was closed for the culvert work on July 7.

Significant construction will continue along the corridor, particularly near NE 72nd Avenue. Drivers should expect delays in the corridor and may want to use alternate routes, such as Padden Parkway to the south and NE 139th Street to the north.

Clark County will maintain access to all businesses during construction.

Driving conditions: NE 119th Street is passable but travel speeds are slow because of lane closures, construction equipment and rough driving surfaces. The speed limit on NE 119th Street has been 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. A temporary traffic signal has been installed at NE 139th Street and NE 72nd Avenue to improve traffic flow. Once this project is complete, the temporary signal will be removed and the intersection will revert back to a two-way stop.

Please follow the directions of flaggers at all times while driving in the construction zone.

Finances: 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.

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.

Schedule: Construction is underway and is scheduled for completion in 2016.

Future projects
NE 119th Street, NE 50th Avenue to NE 72nd Avenue (Project 333122) – Construction is tentatively scheduled for 2017 and is expected to take a single season to complete.

NE 119th Street, NE 87th Avenue to NE 112th Avenue (Project 342422) – Construction is tentatively scheduled for 2018 and is expected to take two seasons to complete.

Project background

In 2009, a private developer improved a section of NE 119th Street, from NE 112th 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 (313622) 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

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