Overlay Paving Projects

NE 18th Street Overlay Paving Prep

2015 Pavement Overlay

The City of Vancouver has more than 1,800 lanes miles of streets, and each year, the City of Vancouver evaluates half of those paved streets to determine where resurfacing could go the farthest in extending the life of the street, using the resources that are available.

Weekly Schedule Update

(Please note this is a tentative schedule and dates are subject to change)
  • East Evergreen Boulevard (remainder of street, west of Harney Street to Grand Boulevard) – Paving work begins again on Saturday, Sept. 26, and then crews return Wednesday, Sept. 30 through Tuesday, Oct. 6 to complete paving. About a week later, installation of final striping and pavement markings will occur.

As part of the 2015 program, the City contracted with Lakeside Industries to repave the following streets:

2015 Resurfacing Project Streets:
  • Northwest Fruit Valley Road/Northwest Lakeshore Avenue – Northwest 20th Court to Northwest 78th Street (completed)
  • Fort Vancouver Way – East Fourth Plain Boulevard to St. Johns Road (completed)
  • Northeast St. Johns Road – East Fourth Plain Boulevard to East 33rd Street (completed)
  • Andresen Road – Northeast 18th Street to almost Northeast 40th Street (completed)
  • Fairmount Avenue – East 20th Street to East Fourth Plain Boulevard (completed)
  • East Evergreen Boulevard – Grand Boulevard to South Blandford Drive (partially complete - See note above)
  • Click here to view the project area map
Phase 1 – Curb Ramps

Preparations begin for the annual summer paving projects with curb ramp work along streets slated for overlay paving. This first phase of construction involves installing new or reconstructing identified pedestrian ramps to bring those corners up to current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) required standards. This occurs several months prior to actual paving work.

Phase 2 – Pre-paving Preparations

In the second phase, crews will repair pavement by removing the most badly damaged areas and rebuilding those pavement sections. This is followed by pre-leveling of low areas where needed.

Phase 3 – Grinding and Paving

The third phase involves the actual grinding and paving of the street surface. Please remember that all paving is highly dependent upon weather and construction conditions.

Phase 4 – Striping and Finishing

Following paving, crews restripe streets and complete any finishing work, such as replacing speed cushions and signal detection loops.

What is an Overlay?

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.


What to Expect Prior to Paving?

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 reconstruction of pedestrian ramps to bring those corners up to current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) required standards and any modifications to traffic signals. Then pre-paving repairs are done on the most badly damaged areas by excavating below the existing pavement and replacement of base materials. Finally, work continues with grinding, followed by actual paving. Crews finish up with restriping the streets.


Construction questions during summer street work:
Department of Public Works
Construction Services
(7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday)