During the summer through the fall of 2014, Vancouver residents saw paving on several major streets around the community. Many of the streets serve commuter traffic or impact large neighborhoods. The majority of the work has been completed, although the installation and application of final striping is still needed on a few streets, including portions of Mill Plain Boulevard. This work is highly weather dependent, so temporary striping will be applied until final striping applications can be installed in early spring.
Overlays are a mixture of coarse rock and asphalt, about two inches or more in depth that provide additional load carrying capacity and a smoother ride. One major consideration of resurfacing streets is the ability to coordinate that needed work with other street, water, sewer and underground utility improvements. For example, the City often maximizes available dollars by scheduling overlay as a final step in various water/sewer repair work and Sewer Connection Incentive Program (SCIP) projects.
In most cases, residences and businesses fronting impacted streets receive door hanger notices in advance of paving. Within construction zones, drivers are asked to be prepared for delays, watch for traffic changes, proceed slowly, and be alert to construction workers, bicyclists, pedestrians and other motorists. Regardless of the type, all paving applications are highly weather dependent.
Construction hours are typically from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, though work may continue as late as 8 p.m. if needed. All paving applications are highly weather dependent.In case of rain, paving must be postponed and rescheduled.
The first phase of work includes pre-paving repair of the most badly damaged areas by excavating below the existing pavement and replacement of base materials, along with modifications to several traffic signals and reconstruction of several pedestrian ramps to bring those corners up to current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) required standards. The second phase of the work includes grinding, followed by actual paving.
Construction questions during summer street work:
Department of Public Works
(7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday)