NE 119th Street
Northeast 119th Street, from east of Northeast 50th Avenue to west of Northeast 72nd Avenue
McDonald Excavating Inc. of Washougal
County road project
Improvements include widening the road to a two-lane minor arterial, with a center turn lane; adding sidewalks and bicycle lanes; and building facilities to collect and treat polluted storm runoff.
The project also includes water improvements for Clark Public Utilities and sewer improvements for Clark Regional Wastewater District.
Preliminary utility work along the corridor is already under way. Construction is expected to begin sometime in late May to mid-June and last for two construction seasons, with completion in fall 2018.
This section of Northeast 119th Street will be closed to through traffic beginning Friday, June 2, 2017.
Access will be maintained for residents living along and near this road section. Residents should expect rough road conditions and delays during construction.
Through traffic should use alternate routes to bypass the construction area.
Construction typically will be done during daylight hours, although the contractor could work into the evening and on weekends. Residents near the construction can expect to hear some noise, including backup alarms on construction vehicles, and experience some dust and vibration from construction.
County Manager Mark McCauley awarded a $6.11 million contract to McDonald Excavating, which submitted the lowest of the three bids received for this project.
Clark County is building a series of projects to upgrade Northeast 119th Street and create a modern east-west corridor stretching across the urban area north of Vancouver
In 2009, a private developer improved a section of Northeast 119th Street, from Northeast 112th Avenue to NE 117th Avenue/SR 503. The county constructed Northeast 112th Avenue and a portion of a new traffic signal, which will serve Prairie High School.
In 2013, Clark County upgraded the intersection of Northeast 119th Street and Northeast 50th Avenue (County Road Project 313622). The project widened the intersection and added a traffic signal, sidewalks and left-turn lanes in all four directions. In addition, the hill on Northeast 119th Street east of Northeast 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.
In 2014, Clark County started construction to upgrade Northeast 119th Street, from west of Northeast 72nd Avenue to east of Northeast 87th Avenue (County Road Project 390722). This project, which took three constructions seasons to build, included:
- Widening and improving Northeast 119th Street to two travel lanes in each direction plus a continuous center left-turn lane, bicycle lanes and sidewalks.
- Buildong dual left-turn lanes from Northeast 119th Street westbound onto Northeast 72nd Avenue southbound.
- Constructing smaller improvements to Northeast 72nd Avenue and Northeast 87th Avenue.
- Replacing the undersized Curtin Creek culvert, about a half mile east of Northeast 72nd Avenue.
- Making environmental improvements to Curtin Creek to create a winding channel that more closely resembles a natural creek.
- Planting trees and other vegetation to shade Curtin Creek, which will cool the water for salmon and other aquatic life.
Northeast 119th Street, Northeast 87th Avenue to Northeast 112th Avenue (County Road Project 342422) – Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin in 2018 and is expected to take two seasons to complete.
Why is the county building these projects?
Improvements will support economic development in the area while providing safer, more convenient travel. In addition, some improvements were needed to meet commitments the county made in an agreement with private developers.
Robin Washington, Project Manager
Clark County Public Works
(360) 397-6118 ext. 4572
Isaac McConnell, Construction Engineer
Clark County Public Works
(360) 397-6118 ext. 4582