The first part of a city project to make Vancouver more bicycle friendly begins Monday when workers start widening a stretch of Southeast Ellsworth Road and adding a bike lane.
Vancouver's Department of Public Works advises drivers to plan for delays on the road between Southeast Evergreen Highway and Southeast 19th Street.
The nearly $63,000 Ellsworth Road improvement is expected to be completed in March, with most construction occurring between Evergreen Highway and 23rd Street. That's where Battle Ground contractor Halme Excavating will widen the west edge of the road to better accommodate bicycle traffic. A designated bike lane will be added to the other side of the road for riders heading north up the hill and across the Highway 14 overpass.
Ellsworth Road will be narrowed to one lane during the expected month-long construction, which is expected to take place between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays.
Vancouver Community and Economic Development Department Senior Planner Jennifer Campos said a $497,000 Federal Highway Administration grant and $105,000 in city funding is being spent on the Ellsworth Road construction, as well as the city's broader "bicycle mobility" project. She said the project's next steps are still taking shape but will include adding signs, road work and outreach efforts.