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August 2014

- Clark County
- City of Vancouver

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

Blair Zeek Bridge #252 Seismic Retrofit, NE Blair Road north of NE Zeek Road

Construction activities have begun on the seismic retrofit of the Blair Zeek Bridge. Project work consisting of construction of an entrance to the project site, and isolation of the stream and structural excavation around the columns is underway. Drivers may encounter delays due to single lane closures and construction equipment moving on and off the roadway. Work is expected to be complete by the end of October.

NE 119th Street-Salmon Creek Avenuetraffic signal installation

Traffic will be shifted at NE 119th Street and Salmon Creek Avenue during the installation of a new traffic signal. Both roads will remain open to two-way traffic during construction.

Asphalt overlays
A contractor working for Clark County will repave portions of 17 county roads this summer. Paving is scheduled on:

  • NW Seward Road/ NW 41st Avenue, from NW Bliss Road to NW 209th Street
  • Washougal River Road from MP 0.81 to MP 4.81 (Cougar Creek Bridge)

Drivers should expect delays due to lane restrictions and may want to avoid the area if possible. Weather and other factors also can affect construction schedules.

In addition, sidewalk ramp work will occur at the following locations:

  • NE 56th Avenue, in four locations at NE 56th Street, NE 55th Street, NE 54th Street and NE 49th Street
  • NE 44th Street from 56th Avenue to 42nd Avenue.
  • NE 42nd Avenue from SR 500 to 44th Street.

Drivers should expect delays due to lane restrictions, and pedestrian traffic will be affected.

Highway 99 Walkway Improvements

There will be single lane closures on Highway 99 between NE 99th Street and 117th Street Monday through Friday from 7 am to 5 pm.

NE 44th and 49th Street sidewalks

Sections of sidewalk will be built on NE 44th and 49th Streets east of NE St. Johns Road. Drivers should expect some delays and watch for flaggers.

NE 119th Street – Utility Relocation Work

Utility companies continue relocation work along NE 119th Street, west of 72nd Avenue to east of 87th Avenue, in preparation for major road construction work that is scheduled to begin in mid-August. Activity will increase with longer lane closures as NW Natural begins installation of a gas line. Motorists should expect longer delays and are encouraged to use alternate routes.

Slurry seals and rubberized asphalt chip (or cape) seals

Work will begin this week in various subdivisions and will continue through August. 

This work will require temporary street closures to allow time for the seals to dry. Residents who will be affected by construction should receive 7-day and 24-48 hour door hangers, and no parking signs will be located on the roadway alerting them to the upcoming work. For more information about the road preservation work, please go to:

Discovery Corridor Wastewater Transmission System – sewer pipeline

Pioneer Street will be closed between South 45th Way and South 56th Place. This closure will begin Friday, August 22 (at 10:00 p.m.) and last through Monday, August 25 (reopening at 5:00 a.m.).

The eastbound lane will be closed between South 45th Way and South 56th Place, beginning Monday, Aug 18 through Friday, August 22. The lane closure will occur between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Flaggers will be present at all times that work is occurring.

North 50th Place will continue to be closed until Wednesday, August 20 for pipe installation. A traffic detour will be available on a maintenance road that exits on South 45th Avenue.

City of Vancouver - (360) 487-7750

2014 Pavement Management Program – Microsurfacing, Slurry Seal, Cape Seal and Overlay Projects

During July, August, September and October, 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

Slurry Seal, Cape Seal & MICROSURFACING: During July, streets were prepped for the preventive surface treatment work and crews installed new intersection curb ramps or retrofit existing curb ramps at various locations to meet compliance requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

This year’s’ preventive surface treatment started July 28 and is focusing on areas mainly east of Interstate 205, including numerous neighborhood streets such as Northeast Burton Road/28th Street, Southeast McGillivray Boulevard, Southeast Mill Plain Boulevard, Southeast Tech Center Drive, Southeast 15th Street, NE 112th Avenue and Southeast 192nd Avenue. The following neighborhoods will see preventive treatment work this year: Airport Green, Bennington, Burton Ridge, Cascade Highlands, East Old Evergreen Highway, Fisher's Creek, Fisher's Landing East, Hearthwood, Image, Landover-Sharmel, Mountain View, North Image, Oakbrook and Riveridge. Project maps and a complete list of streets scheduled for treatment are available at by clicking on the Preventive Surface Treatments page link. 

OVERLAY: Overlay paving began August 4 with preparation of the streets and intersection ramp work. Pavement repairs are slated to begin the week of August 18. Streets included in the overlay paving include portions of Washington Street, Broadway Street, East Mill Plain Boulevard, East Evergreen Boulevard, South Andresen Road, Northeast Hearthwood Boulevard and Northeast 18th Street.

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

Traffic Calming Improvement Project – SE 168th Avenue, from Mill Plain Boulevard to SE Fifth Street

Crews have finished installing speed cushions and a concrete median to help slow traffic along SE 168th Ave. The street has also been striped with new bicycle lanes. Later this summer, SE 168th Ave, from SE Mill Plain Blvd to SE Fifth St, is scheduled to be microsurfaced with permanent striping installed at that time. Please drive safely and watch for new street elements.

Residential Road Construction – NE 52nd Street, from NE 131st Avenue to NE 135th Avenue

In conjunction with the construction of a new housing development nearby, NE 52nd Street will be closed to all traffic from NE 131st to NE 135th avenues. Contractors will be installing utilities and reconstructing the roadway with pervious concrete. Detours will be in place, but drivers are still asked to be aware of workers, flaggers and equipment. The street is expected to be closed from June 27 to the end of July.

Pedestrian Crosswalk Improvement Project along Mill Plain Boulevard

A new “pedestrian hybrid beacon” style crosswalk will be installed at SE 157th Avenue and SE Mill Plain Boulevard. The existing pedestrian crossing to the west of Andresen Road will also be upgraded to the hybrid beacon system. This hybrid type of crosswalk uses a red signal beacon and signage to alert drivers to pedestrians. Northeast Electric, the City’s contractor for this project, will begin with underground conduit work and foundation installation. This preliminary work will occur during March and April, with the bulk of the pedestrian crossing upgrades planned for this summer. Pedestrians and drivers are asked to be alert to construction near these existing crosswalk locations.

Water Main Replacement Project – E 28th Street, between Broadway and F Street

Construction crews continue work to install 1,000 feet of 12-inch water main, transfer existing water services to new main and replace three fire hydrants.Work is anticipated to be complete by mid-September.Drivers and pedestrians are asked to please use caution when traveling near the construction area.

East Mill Plain Boulevard, from Devine to Lieser

Northwest Natural is installing a main line in the north side of East Mill Plain Boulevard. Work began in January. Construction hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Drivers and bicyclists may encounter delays and lane closures between Devine and Lieser roads during this natural gas utility work, which will continue through October.

Waterfront Renaissance Trail Repairs

Efforts to repair the remaining damaged section of the Waterfront Renaissance Trail in the Tidewater Cover area will begin on Monday, Aug. 18. Repair work will focus on the western section of the damaged trail directly in front of Tidewater Cove condominiums, which sustained heavy damage due to high water flows in 2011. Work is slated to be completed in two sections, and the trail will continue to remain closed during construction. The project should be completed by the end of this year, with the trail reopening planned for the first of 2015.

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.

Salmon Creek Interchange Project

Monday, Aug. 11 to Friday, Aug. 15: Daytime, and nighttime, alternating, single-lane closures on both directions of I-205 & I-5.

Monday, Aug. 11 to Tuesday, Aug. 12: Daytime, and nighttime, single-lane closures and rolling slowdowns with flaggers, between both directions of NE 134th Street and NE 20th Avenue.

Monday, Aug. 11: Nighttime, single-lane closures on NE 20th Avenue and NE 134th Street, both directions, from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 12 to Wednesday, Aug. 13: Nighttime, full-lane and ramp closures between NE23rdAvenue and Old Hwy 99, and the southbound on-ramp to I-205, with signed detours, and flagging for night work.

I-5, N. Fork Lewis River Bridge – Painting

Workers will be present and working beyond the shoulder during daylight hours, seven days a week.

Monday, Aug. 11 to Friday, Aug. 15: Daytime and nighttime, single-lane closures on both directions of I-5.

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

Staring Thursday, May 1 until 2016: Monday, Aug. 11 to Friday, Aug. 15: Multiple, daytime, and nighttime, intermittent, single-lane closures with flaggers, throughout the6 mile length of the project limits, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, and7 p.m. to 6 a.m., nightly.

Saturday, Aug. 9: Daytime, intermittent, single-lane closures with flaggers, throughout the 6 mile length of the project limits, from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.

I-5,Northbound, Gee Creek Rest Area, Discovery Corridor Wastewater Transmission System
Monday, Aug. 11 to Friday, Aug. 15: Daytime narrow lanes with temporary striping and barriers at the entrance of the Gee Creek Rest Area for sewer line installation.

Friday, Aug. 8 to Tuesday, Aug. 12: Nighttime, full-lane closure of the left, southbound lane on I-5, between mileposts 13.74 to 12.88, Friday, from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m., Saturday, from 7 p.m. to 9 am., Monday, 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

NOTE: There will be intermittent shoulder closures on both directions of I-5 between mileposts 11.47 and 13.82 from Friday, July 11 to Friday, August 15.

I-5 Paving, both directions, between Northeast 39th Street and 99th Street

Sunday, Aug. 10 to Wednesday, Aug. 15: Nighttime, single and double-lane closures, with intermittent shoulder closures, on northbound I-5, from Main Street to 99th Street, from 10 p.m. Monday, to 7 a.m. Wednesday.

Wednesday, Aug.13 to Friday, Aug. 15: Nighttime, single and double-lane closures, southbound, on I-5 from 99th Street to Main Street, from8 p.m. Wednesday, to 5 a.m. Friday.

Tuesday, Aug. 12: Nighttime, ramp closures, NE 78th Street off-ramp, and NE 78th Street on-ramp to NE 99th Street, from 10 p.m. to 9 a.m.

Friday, Aug. 15: Nighttime, ramp closures NE 99th Street on-ramp to NE 78th Street off-ramp, and NE 78th Street on-ramp to Main Street off-ramp.


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