In spring 2021, the project was on track for major construction to be complete ahead of schedule, in early fall vs late 2021. Unfortunately, the project has experienced what many industries are experiencing nationwide: a limited labor availability. Major construction was completed by the originally anticipated time frame – end of 2021. Punch-list and cleanup activities are expected to continue through early 2022.
We appreciate your patience and understanding as we approach the light at the end of the tunnel and final closing activities on a complex and huge project that has had many moving parts.
Construction schedules change frequently due to weather, issues in the field, and other variables. Temporary traffic changes are also subject to change. There will be several lane shifts throughout the corridor on this two and a half year project. For the latest information, visit the project updates page or sign up to the e-newsletter.
Active Work & Multiple Crews throughout the corridor
There will be times where multiple crews are actively working throughout the project corridor and on some side streets. Click here for a project map.
Overall Work Plan
While the original work plan sequencing has changed over the course of construction, the main priorities have remained: minimizing impacts to businesses by maintaining access, maintaining pedestrian access, and keeping the traffic flowing. Read on for more information.
Utility Undergrounding (Power, Communications)
One of the first major construction tasks of the project was to move overhead utility lines underground, then remove utility poles to make room for new street features. Since summer 2019, crews have been primarily focused on installing the underground utility trench and vaults on Boones Ferry Road between Madrona and Reese Roads. Once crews finished installing all the underground conduit and vaults, each of the utility companies arrived to pull their lines, configure their vaults, switch over services, and remove power poles.
This component of the project was a tremendous undertaking, and we successfully completed the utility undergrounding in fall 2020!
Below are some before and after photos:
Gas, Illumination, Stormwater, Water, Streetscape Work
While the undergrounding work was occurring, the contractor’s crews were also progressing with installing a new gas line, illumination conduit, water line and stormwater lines; excavating, grading and pouring concrete for new sidewalks, curbs, ADA ramps, waysides; and installing retaining walls, new illumination poles and new signal poles.
As work has progressed in some areas, the contractor has been able to pave a base coat of asphalt. Final top lift of paving will occur towards the end of the project.
There is a temporary traffic configuration on Boones Ferry Road between Madrona Street and Red Cedar Way of one lane in each direction. This provides crews room to maneuver and build the improvements, but still keep the road open. However, at times there will be flaggers and brief delays with equipment coming and going, along with concrete pours.
Between Madrona Street and Bryant Road, crews have finished installing the new landscaped median. This has permanently eliminated left-turn movements in and out of business driveways in this area. Eventually, medians will be installed all the way to the post office. U-turn movements will be permitted once all the new signals are in place and activated in the project area.
Truck Haul Routes
For major construction taking place on Boones Ferry Road as part of the project, the main haul routes are Boones Ferry Road, Kruse Way and I-5.
However, this project also includes work taking place on several side streets including Madrona, Waluga, Firwood, Bryant, Quarry, Reese, Oakridge, Lanewood and Red Cedar Way. This means there will be some truck traffic on these side streets and other surrounding streets at times in order to enable crews to complete the improvements in these locations. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Project approved work hours are 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, weekends 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. and night work from 10 p.m. – 6 a.m. Due to the complexity of this project, work is taking place during the day and night. Night activities include any major excavation in the travel lanes, utility shutdowns, setting up traffic shifts, intersection work, utility crossings and paving.