After two and a half years of construction, the transformation of Boones Ferry Road is almost complete! Major construction is expected to be finished by the end of the year, with final punchlist and cleanup activities expected to continue through early February. Outlined below are some exciting milestones and an outline of what remains. To view all images and read the complete update, click here.
Thank you to the traveling public, businesses, property owners, and residents for your patience while we have been building these improvements the last few years. We appreciate your continued understanding as we complete the final closing activities on a complex and huge project that has had many moving parts.
Stripes are back!
Earlier this month, permanent striping was placed for the legends, arrows, and crosswalks.
Due to inclement weather, crews missed the window to install the permanent ‘thermoplastic’ main line striping. The lane striping that was installed is temporary. Crews will return in the spring to place the permanent lines so they can meet the warranty requirements. In the meantime, enjoy those beautiful new stripes on the new roadway!
Bryant x Boones Ferry Intersection
The long-awaited new wider intersection at Bryant and Boones Ferry Road is NOW open, along with the fourth crosswalk leg!
There are now three dedicated lanes on Bryant Road as it approaches the intersection – one left turn pocket, one straight through, and one right turn lane. There is also a bike lane!
All four legs of the new intersection also have new crosswalks (previously, there were only crosswalks on three of the legs). This will help improve traffic flow and pedestrian access at this intersection.
Please travel with caution as you approach the intersection, as it takes time for the traveling public to get used to changing conditions.
New McDonald’s Signal Activation
The last remaining signal to be activated is the one located at McDonald’s. This is planned to be activated on Wednesday, December 22!
Remember, U-turns are permitted for cars at all five signals in the project corridor: Madrona, Bryant, McDonald’s, Oakridge, and Lanewood.
New mid-block pedestrian crossing at Zupan’s is now open!
One of the many exciting features of the project is drastically improved pedestrian access. Two new mid-block pedestrian crossings with flashing beacons have been installed along Boones Ferry Road, and they are both quite unique.
In late November, the new crossing located south of the Bryant intersection near the Lake Grove Shopping Center/Zupan’s was opened! Featured is a photo of the project team trying it out – Abbey Road style!
Watch this video featuring project engineer, Stacy Bluhm, and traffic engineer, Will Farley, share their tips for navigating the new crossing.
The second mid-block crossing near Wells Fargo is expected to be opened next month!
Landscaping crews have been working hard the last six weeks to finish installing irrigation, topsoil, plants, shrubs, trees and mulch. Major work is almost complete. Final clean up and punchlist will continue through January.
When will all travel lanes be back open?
Some good news is that all traffic control devices and cones are planned to be removed from the project corridor by December 23. There will be no work taking place between December 24 and January 2.
However, crews will return to complete the punchlist, cleanup items, and miscellaneous repairs on January 3. This means traffic control devices will be reinstalled for this work, but lane closures are expected to be in shorter segments in the project corridor.
We know this is difficult to hear, but the lane closures need to be in place so crews can safely complete the remaining items. Crews aim to have all punchlist work done by early February – including no more cones! Thank you for your patience while we reach the end of the project!
Fun statistics & a celebration to come
Stay tuned next month for some fun factoids and statistics on the new project elements!
We expect to host a project celebration sometime in spring 2022. More details to follow.
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