T-42/SR 516 and 218th Avenue SE - Project Updates/Look Ahead

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October 17, 2018 Update (Project Completed October 17, 2018):

This project is now completed!!  Welwest construction has only a few minor roadside clean-up items to finish to bring the project to physical completion.  Thank you to everyone for your patience when the contractor worked through scheduling challenges associated with the Operating Engineers Union  strike  in September.  The project is done and ready for the winter.

October 11, 2018 Update:

The left turn lane striping has been delayed one day until the night of Tuesday, October 16th.

Week of October 15, 2018

It has been a long wait trying to schedule the final striping on this project.  We now have a firm schedule.

The left turn lane striping has been scheduled to take place on Monday, October 15th at night to allow for lane closures while this final work element is completed.

Thank you to everyone for their patience as the contractor has worked through this scheduling challenge.  After the striping is completed, there are only a few minor clean-up efforts remaining before the project is physically complete. 

September 14, 2018 Paving Update:

The final lift of paving scheduled for tonight (Friday, September 14, 2018) has been cancelled and rescheduled due to weather for the night of Thursday, September 20, 2018.

Week of October 1, 2018

Project paving has been completed since Friday, September 14th.  However, permanent striping operations have not been able to be scheduled due to back logs with striping contractors (this stems from the impacts from the crane workers strike that delayed the paving).  The contractor has been diligently attempting to schedule this final step to create the left turn lanes that will complete the project.  Currently we only have a tentative commitment from the sub-contractor to stripe during the week of October 1st and are working hard to get a firm date.  Thank you for your patience as we continue to finalize the last steps in this construction project.

September 12, 2018 Paving Update:

Minor changes in the paving schedule:

  • Thursday (9/13-2018) – The first lift of paving will be installed on the north side of Kent-Kangley during the day instead of night time hours.  Two way traffic will be maintained during this effort; approximately 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • Friday (9/14/2018) – Night Work:  The final paving lift and striping will occur between 9:00 pm and 6:00 am to create the left turn pockets at the 218th Avenue intersection.

If weather does not allow the work to be performed on Friday night, it will have to be rescheduled for the following week.

Week of September 10, 2018

  • The Union Strike is over!!  As you may recall the strike was creating a great amount of uncertainty for allowing paving to proceed.
  • Project is scheduled for paving (night work) for 9/13/18 - 9/14/18 (Thursday & Friday).  This paving schedule may be delayed with a weather forecast for rain much of this week.  Paving cannot proceed in wet conditions.  Hope for good weather and the left turn lanes will be in place by the weekend.  If not we will keep you posted when the asphalt companies can reschedule the project.  There are a lot of other projects that were delayed, public and private, and we are all competing for schedule time.
  • After paving and lane striping, road side clean-up, and seeding will be all that is left to finalize the project.

Thank you again for your patience as we are working through these unfamiliar work conditions.

Week of August 27, 2018 and September 4, 2018:

  • North side curbing, stormwater facilities, and ditches, will be complete this week.
  • Pavement milling, hydro-seeding, and road side clean-up will be completed next week.

Project challenges:
The current Union of Operating Engineers strike has been affecting projects all over western Washington.  In addition to the crane workers in Seattle, this strike has impacts on trucking, paving, and various critical construction activities.  This has created some significant challenges to finishing the SR 516 and 218th Ave SE project.  Asphalt paving has been halted indefinitely until the strike ends; potentially for several more weeks. Depending on when region wide paving resumes, it may or may not be possible to pave before winter season shut down window.  This could delay paving until spring of 2019.  Because of this risk, the City is moving forward in the following manner:

  • Night Work –Tuesday, September 4, 2018 – Pavement grinding
    • The pavement milling will be finished on Tuesday, the day after Labor Day.  This accomplished several things.  It prepares the roadway for paving as soon as an opportunity presents itself and provides the best chance of finishing the paving this year if circumstances work in our favor.
    • The abrupt asphalt edges will be eliminated by the milling operation.
    • The lanes can be restriped to nearly match the original lane configuration. This is a safer configuration than the current lane shift if the project paving is delayed to spring 2019.
    • This strategy minimizes extra unanticipated costs created by suspended projects.

Until the strike ends and if paving can be scheduled before October 15, 2018, after Friday, September 7th, the project will be in a standby status.

Thank you for your patience as we address these challenges.

Week of August 20, 2018:

  • South side paving and earthwork complete
  • Construction shifted to the north side of Kent-Kangley Road
    -- Clearing and grubbing
    -- Modify drainage facilities
    -- No closures of Cherokee Bay entrance expected this week

Week of August 13, 2018:

  • Drainage structures, final subgrade, and concrete curbing on the south side of Kent-Kangley have been completed.
  • Week of August 13th:
    • Contractor will be removing the concrete barriers and paving the south side of Kent-Kangley Road as a night time operation Monday and Tuesday, August 13th -14th.
    • Traffic will be shifted to the south side of Kent-Kangley so work can begin on the north side on Thursday, August 16th.
  • Future:
    • The entrance 218th Avenue SE will be closed periodically when the contractor is working in the entrance area.  During these times traffic will be detoured to the back entrance on 222nd Avenue SE.
    • 218th Avenue SE will be open in the evenings, weekends, and until 9am every morning.
    • Contractor will give notifications 2-3 days in advance of closing 218th for construction activities.
    • There will be one more period of night time work at the end of the project in mid-September to complete the final paving and striping.

Week of July 23, 2018:

  • Project begins Monday, July 23rd
  • FIRST TWO DAYS include NIGHT WORK 9:00 PM to 4:00 AM
    -- Lane shift and tree falling will require closure of one lane
    -- Night work is required to minimize traffic disruption
  • Two way traffic will be re-established and work will be limited to day time hours except for final paying (which will also require lane closures at night).