On the Lookout: Paving Crews hit the Streets

A quick peek at the calendar shows that we’ve hit that warm stretch of days… some may call it summer, others call it ‘Paving Season.’ So here’s a quick heads up on some of the recent road issues that will be affected by this year’s paving work:

In Clark County, beginning Tuesday, July 5, Washington State Department of Transportation contractor Granite Construction starts resurfacing nearly 10 miles of the interstate between the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds and the North Fork Lewis River Bridge.

“Potholes, ruts and cracks along the highway are signs that this heavily traveled freeway is in need of repair,” said WSDOT Project Engineer Lori Figone. “There’s no good time to close lanes on I-5, but doing this work now will provide a smoother ride for drivers, and help preserve this critical interstate route.”



To minimize traffic disruptions as much as possible, much of this work will be done overnight. Looking at the schedule:

Sunday nights through Friday mornings: Up to two lanes in either direction of I-5 will close nightly from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Friday nights to Saturday mornings: Up to two lanes in either direction of I-5 will close from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m.
Saturday nights to Sunday mornings: Up to two lanes in either direction of I-5 will close from 7 p.m. to 9 a.m.

The speed limit will be reduced to 60 miles per hour through the work zone. Construction on this project is weather dependent and scheduled for completion in fall 2016.

In the City of Vancouver, work will begin in July and continue through the summer, taking place in or near the following neighborhoods: Burnt Bridge Creek, Landover-Sharmel, North Hearthwood, Fircrest, Lewis and Clark Woods, Bella Vista, Cascade Southeast, Fairway-164th Ave, Cascade Highlands, Bennington, Fisher’s Landing East, Village at Fisher’s Landing, Fisher’s Creek and Columbia River (formerly East Old Evergreen Hwy).

The following streets are scheduled to be repaved this summer:

– East Mill Plain Boulevard – North Garrison Road to SE 103rd Avenue
– Northeast 155th Avenue – NE 12th Way to NE 18th Street
– East 39th Street – East of I-5 overpass/bridge to NE 15th Avenue
– Northeast 15th Avenue – East 39th Street/Ramp to just north of NE 41st Circle
– Northwest 26th Avenue (within Port of Vancouver area) – End section to Fourth Plain Boulevard
– Evergreen Highway Pilot Project: Southeast Evergreen Highway – Approximately SE Image Road to SE 98th Avenue

So be on the lookout for crews, expect delays, or plan a different route during the ‘Season.’

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