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August 2015

- Clark County
- City of Vancouver

Clark County - (360) 397-6118 ext. 4944

Asphalt overlays – various locations

A contractor working for Clark County is starting pavement repairs in preparation for repaving several road sections this summer. Drivers should expect delays from this road work. For a complete list of road sections, go to:

Slurry seals and rubberized asphalt cape seals

Work is scheduled to run from now until the end of August in various subdivisions. This work will require temporary street closures to allow time for the seals to dry. Residents who live along the streets affected by construction should receive a 7-day and 24-48 hour door hangers. No parking signs will be located on the roadway alerting the upcoming work. For more information about the road preservation work, go to:

NW 41st Avenue, south of NW 179th Street
A short section of NW 41st Avenue will close to through traffic beginning Monday, Aug. 3, so a contractor can stabilize the roadway slope along the east side of the road. Through traffic can bypass the construction zone by using NW 179th Street, NW 51st Avenue and NW 169th Street. The road is scheduled to reopen this fall.

Big Tree Creek Bridge – NE Lucia Falls Road

A contractor is seismically retrofitting the bridge, near Moulton Falls Regional Park, and adding riprap and other features to deter water erosion. Drivers may encounter periodic lane closures and other delays. The project also required closing a portion of Big Creek Trail just north of Lucia Falls Road because of construction activity at the bridge. Hikers can bypass the trail closure by following detour signs.

Fifth Plain Creek Bridge, on NE 88th Street about a half mile east of NE Ward Road

A contractor working for Clark County will replace the bridge, which will require closing a short section of NE 88th Street to through traffic. Construction is scheduled to begin the week of Aug. 3 and last until November. Through traffic will need to use alternate routes, such as NE Fourth Plain Road to the south.

Sunset Falls Road, Dole Valley Road to Sunset Falls Campground

Contractors working for Clark County will work along Sunset Falls Road, from Dole Valley Road to Sunset Falls Campground. The speed limit is signed at 25 mph and additional signs will be placed along the road during construction activities. Motorists may encounter single lane closures and periodic delays throughout the project area.

Sunset Falls Road is now open to one-lane, two-way traffic and may be directed by pilot cars.Residents along Sunset Falls Road should wait for the pilot car and follow it when it passes.Construction will result in delays of 30 minutes or more through the project area.

NE 119th Street – Road & Utility Work

NE 119th Street is closed to through traffic about a half mile east of NE 72nd Avenue for replacing the Curtin Creek culvert. The road is expected to reopen to through traffic before the end of August.

Drivers will need to use alternate routes during culvert replacement. A map showing these routes is available at: A temporary traffic signal has been installed at NE 139th Street and NE 72nd Avenue to improve traffic flow for drivers looking to detour around the construction zone.

Contractors working for Clark County and utility companies will continue to work along NE 119th Street. The speed limit has been lowered to 25 mph, with fines doubled in construction zones. Road construction and utility relocation will result in delays of 15 minutes or more through the construction area.

Access to all businesses will remain open during construction.

NE 78th Street and NE 47th Avenue

Work is wrapping up to complete the intersection upgrade, which includes replacing the railroad crossings, installing drainage improvements, realigning  the entrance to the Public Works Operations Center and adding a traffic signal to the intersection.  There may be some traffic delays as final work is completed.

NE 47th Avenue, NE 68th Street to NE 78th Street
Construction is beginning to improve and widen this section of NE 47th Avenue. During construction, this section of NE 47th Avenue will be restricted to local access only. Flaggers will guide vehicles as necessary, but drivers should expect delays. Construction is scheduled to wrap up fall 2015.

Salmon Creek Avenue Pathway

A pathway is being constructed off Salmon Creek Avenue between Pleasant Valley Park and the Washington State University Vancouver campus. Motorists may encounter single lane closures and periodic delays throughout the project area.

Drywell (UIC) Water Quality Project

Catch basin improvement work is underway at various locations near NW 63rd Street, NW 99th Street, Ward Road and 172nd Avenue. There will be minor impacts to pedestrian and vehicular traffic. Motorists may encounter single lane closures and steel plates in the roadway.

American with Disabilities Act Ramp Improvements – NE 29th Avenue

ADA ramp improvement work is underway at various intersections along NE 29th Avenue, NE 134th Street to NE 179th Street. There will be periodic impacts to pedestrian and vehicular traffic during the next two months.

City of Vancouver - (360) 487-7750


2015 Pavement Management Program – Overlay, Microsurfacing, Slurry Seal and Cape Seal Projects

During July, August and September, many streets throughout Vancouver will be resurfaced or have pavement maintenance treatments applied to provide residents with better driving conditions and extend the life of the streets. All paving applications are highly weather dependent. Within construction zones, drivers should be prepared for delays, watch for traffic changes, proceed slowly, and be alert to construction workers, bicyclists, pedestrians and other motorists.

OVERLAY: Asphalt overlay paving continues during the week of August 3 with work along Fairmont Ave on Monday and Tuesday, and paving starting along Evergreen on Wednesday. Construction hours are approx. 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for overlay paving.

Streets included in the 2015 overlay paving:

  • Northwest Fruit Valley Road/Northwest Lakeshore Avenue – Northwest 20th Court to Northwest 78th Street
  • Northeast St. Johns Road – East Fourth Plain Boulevard to East 33rd Street
  • Fort Vancouver Way – East Fourth Plain Boulevard to St. Johns Road
  • Andresen Road – Northeast 18th Street to almost Northeast 40th Street (matching previous pavement work)
  • Fairmont Avenue – East 20th Street to East Fourth Plain Boulevard
  • East Evergreen Boulevard – Grand Boulevard to South Blandford Drive

Slurry Seal, Cape Seal & MICROSURFACING: During the week of August 3, preventive treatments will be applied to streets in the Northcrest, Hudson’s Bay, Dubois Park and Columbia Way neighborhoods.

This year’s’ preventive surface treatment projects focus on areas west of Interstate 205 and include numerous residential streets in or near Columbia Way, Dubois Park, Evergreen Highlands, Father Blanchet, Fourth Plain Village, Fruit Valley, Hudson's Bay, Lincoln, Northcrest, Northwest, Vancouver Mall and West Minnehaha neighborhood associations.

During the last several months, crews have been prepping streets in advance of paving and preventive surface work. This includes installing curb ramps or retrofitting existing curb ramps to meet accessibility compliance, sealing cracks, patching potholes and trimming trees and vegetation in the rights of way. Preparation for upcoming overlay paving also can require excavating below the existing pavement and replacing base materials, along with grinding off old pavement. Striping of lanes and other pavement markings will follow all paving and surface treatment work.

Please see the following website and click on either ‘Overlay Paving’ or ‘Preventive Surface Treatments’ for project map and a complete list of streets.

Evergreen Highway Walkway Project – SE 100th Court to SE Ellsworth Road

Construction is underway along a new segment of a pedestrian walkway along the south side of Southeast Evergreen Highway, from Southeast Ellsworth west to Southeast 100th Court. When finished, the walkway will be mostly 8-foot-wide with three new retaining walls. The design features environmentally friendly pervious concrete to allow rain to filter through to the ground. Construction hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, with the possibility of some evening or weekend hours if necessary. Completion is anticipated in early October.

Water Transmission Main Project – Multiple streets in Wooded Acres Neighborhood

Construction began in late May to improve water and sewer utilities. A new, large diameter water line will be installed, starting at the intersection of Northeast 94th Avenue and Northeast 88th Street. The work will proceed south to Northeast 86th Street, and then north and east through various residential streets to Northeast 114th Avenue, and end directly south of Northeast 99th Street in Northeast 114th Avenue. Working with Clark Regional Wastewater District, a new sanitary sewer main line will also be installed in multiple areas of the Wooded Acres Neighborhood. This work requires construction in the street and should last into August. Drivers are asked to use caution when traveling in the work zone and be prepared for traffic delays.

Waterfront Development Project – Extension of Columbia Way, Grant Street and Esther Street

Construction is underway to extend Columbia, Esther and Grant streets, advancing Vancouver’s goal of connecting with the Columbia River waterfront. When completed, the project will extend Columbia Way, paralleling the railway embankment, to connect with Columbia Street, and extend Grant and Esther streets to connect with the new Columbia Way extension. Both new intersections will be constructed of concrete and be fully signalized. The Red Lion Inn at the Quay remains accessible and open for business. The new street construction is anticipated to be completed this fall.

Wind Tower Travel

West Mill Plain Boulevard and Washington Street Motorists in downtown Vancouver are advised to be mindful of oversized wind tower components periodically traveling on city streets from the Port of Vancouver to wind farm projects in the Columbia River Gorge. During the weekend and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, wind tower components are permitted to travel along West Mill Plain Boulevard to Washington Street, where they turn south to continue onto SR-14.

Washington State Department of Transportation - (360) 905-2056

PLEASE NOTE: Daytime traffic impacts typically take place between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., and night time impacts between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. Times may vary based on weather and other (construction-related) variables.

SR 502, Road widening from I-5 to Battle Ground

Monday, Aug. 3 to Friday, Aug. 7: Drivers should expect daytime, intermittent, single-lane closures between I-5 to Battle Ground, daily, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and nightly from 6 p.m. to 6:30 am., for roadway widening.

I-5, Northbound, Gee Creek Rest Area, Discovery Corridor Wastewater Transmission System

Friday, July 31 to the morning of Saturday, Aug. 1: One lane of southbound I-5 will be closed between SR 501 near Ridgefield and SR 502 near Battle Ground, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., for material delivery within the median.

I-205 – Mill Plain Interchange to 18th Street Improvements

No scheduled traffic impacts.

I-5/I-205 - Bi-State Corridor Travel Time Add Signage

No scheduled impacts

SR 500 - BNSF Project

Monday, Aug. 3 to Friday, Aug. 7: Drivers should expect daytime single-lane closures on both directions of SR 500 between Northeast 23rd Avenue and Northeast 35th Avenue for guardrail work.

SR 501 - Gee Creek Bridge to South 56th Place

Monday, Aug. 3 to Friday, Aug. 7: No scheduled traffic impacts.

SR 503: Orchards to Battle Ground – Paving

Saturday, July 25 to Saturday, Aug. 1: Drivers on northbound SR 503, between 119th Street and Main Street (SR 502) in Battle Ground, should expect intermittent single-lane closures from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Saturday, July 25 to Saturday, Aug. 1: Drivers on southbound SR 503, between 119th Street and Main Street (SR 502) in Battle Ground, should expect intermittent single-lane closures from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

SR 501: Clark Public Utilities work

Monday, Aug. 3 to Friday, Aug. 7: Drivers along SR 501 can expect intermittent, single-lane closures between Frenchman's Bar and Kadow's Marina from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. for roadside maintenance and utility pole replacement.

SR 501, Both directions, between NW Lower River Road and milepost marker 9.0

Monday, Aug. 3 to Friday, Aug. 7: Drivers along SR 501 can expect intermittent, single-lane closures between Northwest Lower River Road and milepost nine, daily, from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., for roadside utility work.

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