Public Works says to expect construction delays Friday

By Bob Albrecht, Columbian Staff Reporter

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Expect delays on the Northeast 112th Avenue corridor near Northeast 18th Street beginning Friday due to construction.

Vancouver Public Works announced in a news bulletin plans to begin paving the bottom layer of asphalt there on Friday, so long as weather conditions cooperate. Travelers through the area are encouraged to consider changing their normal routes.

Crews are currently working on the east side of Northeast 112th Avenue and the south side of Northeast 18th Street. Once paving is completed and temporary striping is put in place, traffic will be shifted from the east of 112th Avenue to the west. This shift is expected early next week.

Traffic cones and signage will be used to help direct traffic.

The construction is part of the City of Vancouver's 18th Street Northeast Improvement Project — Segment 1A, which began in the fall. The boundaries are: Northeast 18th Street, from the Interstate 205 overpass to 300 feet east of Northeast Four Seasons Lane; and Northeast 112th Avenue, from 200 feet south of Northeast 16th Street to Northeast 22nd Street.

Project improvements include widening and reconstructing the roadway, adding bike lanes, ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) approved curb ramps and sidewalks; retaining walls, stormwater drainage, sanitary sewer, a water main, traffic signals, streetlights and landscaping.

In total, this part of the project will cost about $10.25 million, split between $5.6 million in federal funding, $1.6 million in state Transportation Improvement Board funding and nearly $3 million in local funding from traffic impact fees, bonds and developer contributions. Rotschy Inc. of Vancouver submitted the low bid and was awarded the contract.

For additional information about the project, visit: www.cityofvancouver.us/18thStreet.