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September 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 is under way to build an entrance to the project site, isolate the stream and structurally evacuate around the columns. Drivers may encounter delays due to single lane closures and construction equipment moving on and off the road. Work is expected to be complete by the end of October.

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

  • NE 101st Street from 50th Avenue to 55th Avenue
  • NE 51st Avenue from 101st Street to 102nd Street
  • NE 42nd Avenue/ Falk Road from SR 500 to 44th Street.
  • NE 44th Street from 42nd Avenue to 54th Avenue.
  • NE 56th Avenue from 44th Street to 58th Street
  • NE 131st Avenue from Fourth Plain Blvd to 76th Street
  • NE 119th Street from the I-205 overpass to 50th Avenue.
  • NW McCann Road from 47th Avenue to 36th Avenue.
  • NW Overlook Drive/68th Street from Sluman Road to Hazel Dell Avenue
  • Hwy 99 one north bound lane only at 88th Street

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

In addition, there will be sidewalk ramp work at:

  • NW 2nd Avenue south of 134th Street

Drivers should expect delays due to lane restrictions. Pedestrian traffic will be affected.

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 – Road & Utility Relocation Work

Utility companies and contractors working for Clark County will continue to do preparatory work along NE119th Street, from west of 72nd Avenue to east of 87th Avenue, with major road construction beginning in September. Installation of a new gas line, relocation of existing utilities and construction of new traffic control devices likely will result in delays through the project area. Motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes when possible.

Slurry seals
To avoid conflicts with school buses, Clark County is suspending the remainder of this year’s slurry program. Residents who will not have their streets treated this year should receive letters from the county. Streets not treated will be rescheduled for treatment in future years.

Discovery Corridor Wastewater Transmission System – sewer pipeline

The eastbound lane of Pioneer Street will be closed between South 45th Avenue and South 56th Place at the following times:

Tuesday, September 2 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to allow for pipe testing.

Between 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 4 and 3:00 p.m. on Friday, September 5 for repaving.

Flaggers will be present at all times that work is occurring. Note: this work is subject to WSDOT and City of Junction approval.

Construction will continue on North 50th Place to bring the road up to final grade elevation. Traffic will be allowed to pass as needed. Flaggers will be present at all times that work is occurring.

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 occurred in late August. Overlay paving will be in full swing in September. Other major streets included in the overlay paving include portions of Northeast 18th Street, Washington Street, Broadway Street, East Mill Plain Boulevard, East Evergreen Boulevard, South Andresen Road and Northeast Hearthwood Boulevard.

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

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 through end of September.

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. The new crosswalks are expected to be activated in late September. 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.

Bicycle Mobility Project – Columbia Street, McLoughlin Boulevard, St. Helens Avenue and 97th Avenue

During late August and September, the City of Vancouver will install new signs and roadway striping along several city streets will alert both drivers and bicyclists to share the road. Signs will be placed along the roadway indicating that cyclists “May Use Full Lane,” along with new, on-street stencils showing a “sharrow” symbol. Shared lane pavement markings, or sharrows, are bicycle symbols placed in a traffic lane to let motorists know that that they should expect to share the lane with bicyclists.

New “Share the Road” signage will soon be seen along the following streets: 

  • Columbia Street/Northwest Columbia Street – West 8th Street to Northwest 45th Street
  • East McLoughlin Boulevard – East Reserve Street to East Brandt Road
  • Southeast St. Helens Avenue – Southeast Lieser Road to Southeast 9th Street
  • Northeast 97th Avenue – South Mill Plain Boulevard to Northeast 9th Street

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 began 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.

Vancouver Mall Area Street Projects - Northeast 45th Street Extension & Northeast 82nd Avenue Improvement

Two new street improvement projects are coming to the Vancouver Mall Neighborhood, and construction will begin during the week of Sept. 1. Northeast 45th Street will be extended and completed from east of Northeast 72nd Avenue to about 200 feet west of Northeast 77th Avenue. Improvements coming to Northeast 82nd Avenue, from Northeast 51st Street to Northeast 58th Street, will include minor roadway widening with a new pedestrian crosswalk flashing signal at Northeast 51st Street. Construction is anticipated to be completed by the end of the year except for the final layer of paving and striping which will occur in early spring when warmer and dryer weather conditions return.  Residents are asked to be alert to construction work and prepare for possible travel delays.

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

Tuesday, Sept. 2 to Friday, Sept. 5: Daytime, intermittent, alternating, single-lane closures and rolling slowdowns on both directions of I-205.

Tuesday, Sept. 2 to Friday, Sept. 5: Nighttime, intermittent, alternating, single-lane closures on both directions of I-5 and I-205, from 8 p.m. Tuesday, to 8 a.m. Saturday.

Tuesday, Sept. 2 to Friday, Sept. 5: Nighttime, single-lane closures on NE 134th Street.

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

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

Tuesday, Sept. 2 to Friday, Sept. 5: Daytime and nighttime, single-lane closures on both directions of I-5.

Tuesday, Sept. 2 to Friday, Sept. 5: Daytime traffic is shifted to the left lanes on both directions of I-5, with nighttime, double-lane closures on I-5 northbound.

NOTE: The posted speed limit will be reduced to 60 mph, both directions, throughout the construction zone.

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

Tuesday, Sept. 2 to Friday, Sept. 5: Multiple, daytime, intermittent, single-lane closures with flaggers, throughout the 6 mile length of the project limits, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.

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

Tuesday, Sept. 2 to Friday, Sept. 5: Daytime narrow lanes with temporary striping and barriers at the entrance of the Gee Creek Rest Area for sewer line installation.

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

No scheduled traffic impacts.

I-5, Southbound, between Fourth Plain Blvd and The Interstate Bridge

Tuesday, Sept. 2 to Friday, Sept. 5: Daytime, intermittent, shoulder closures for roadside maintenance.


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