Paving ahead for portion of Northeast 137th/138th Avenue starting Wednesday

Press Release Date:
Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Drivers should be prepared for a detour on Northeast 137th/138th Avenue between Northeast 28th and 39th streets as paving gets under way Wednesday, May 8, and continues through next Tuesday, May 14, weather permitting.
This base-lift paving is not expected to impede traffic traveling east and west on Northeast 39th and 28th streets. However, traffic on Northeast 137th/138th within the paving zone will be limited to northbound travel only. Southbound traffic will be detoured through Northeast 39th Street, 132nd Avenue and 28th Street. Detour signs will be in place.

Nutter Corporation of Vancouver, City of Vancouver contractor and lowest responsive bidder for the Northeast 137th/138th Avenue Improvement Project, will work with residents within the temporary closure to provide access and/or arrangements. Coordination is also taking place with Evergreen School District, C-TRAN, emergency service providers and Waste Connections.

The Northeast 137th/138th Avenue Project between Northeast 28th and 49th streets reflects years of planning and working with neighbors along the corridor to address speeding and safety concerns.

The overall project includes widened travel lanes, traffic roundabouts, bicycle lanes, pedestrian improvements, street lighting, retaining walls, and extended sewer lines and other utility improvements. The new traffic roundabouts are located at the intersection of Northeast 137th/138th with Northeast 32nd Street (single lane roundabout), Northeast 39th Street (double-lane roundabout), and Northeast 44th Street (single-lane roundabout). For nearby residents, as well as through-traffic commuters, the design of roundabouts and medians is intended to help keep vehicles flowing safely and eliminate left turns across traffic, reducing both traffic delays and the severity of collisions. More information and outreach is planned as the roundabouts are added to increase driver familiarity.

After the coming base-lift paving on 137th/138th Avenue, construction will begin on the concrete Northeast 39th Street roundabout, to be followed by top-lift paving of the full project, then striping and landscaping. The project is currently on schedule, and is anticipated to be completed in winter 2013.  

Drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians are asked to drive slowly through the construction zone and be alert to traffic changes, construction equipment and safety of workers. To avoid delays, drivers are encouraged to take another route outside the construction zone if at all possible.

Updates on this project can be found on the city's website at Specific questions about the project may be directed to Vancouver Public Works' Construction Services at 360-487-7750.

Issued: May 7, 2013

Contact: Loretta Callahan, Public Information/Community Relations, Department of Public Works, City of Vancouver, 360-487-8255. Email: