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Weather Permitting, NE 18th Street Paving Ahead - 04/16/18

Weather permitting, contractors for the City of Vancouver’s Northeast 18th Street Improvement Project plan to begin the task of paving later this week, Wednesday, April 18 or Thursday, April 19. Dry weather and warmer temperatures are critical for top layer paving, and it will take at least several days of good weather to pave a project of this size, from Four Seasons Lane to about Northeast 136th Avenue. 

The city is upgrading this section of the Northeast 18th Street corridor with added travel lanes, an improved traffic signal system, street lights, and bike and pedestrian facilities. Construction began in early 2017, and is now nearing completion.

Tapani Underground Inc. of Battle Ground is the city’s contractor for the project. General work hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday, though hours may be extended to as late as 8 p.m. and include weekends if needed. Schedules can change as the weather changes. Drivers should watch for message boards and be prepared for delays and lane closures. Allow additional time to get through active construction zone areas. If possible, use an alternative route to avoid the paving activity.

Construction of this segment of the Northeast 18th Street is estimated at about $12.5 million, funded with $6.5 million in federal grants approved through the local Regional Transportation Council (RTC), $4 million in Washington state grants, and $2 million in local resources.

Northeast 18th Street was originally built as a narrow two-lane rural road. Improvement of the corridor to urban standards has been a regional priority since the late 1970s, when it was part of unincorporated Clark County and identified as a major east-west arterial.

More information about the project can be found at Watch for paving changes and other alerts on the Public Works Facebook page and on Twitter (@VanPubWorksUS).


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