This summer through fall, Vancouver residents will see paving on several major streets around the community.
Many of these streets serve commuter traffic or impact large neighborhoods. Signs will be posted to alert drivers to paving and possible delays. Please note that schedules and areas to be paved are tentative and may be adjusted due to weather and construction conditions.
Overlay paving began August 4 with preparation of the streets and intersection ramp work. Pavement repairs began the week of August 18 and continued through the end of the month. Overlay grinding and paving is anticipated to start first on NE 18th Street.
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)