City of Yakima

MLK, Jr. Boulevard Underpass Almost Ready for Traffic

The wait is nearly over for drivers wanting to use the new MLK, Jr. Boulevard underpass in Yakima. A ribbon cutting ceremony scheduled for Wednesday,July 23rd will officially mark completion of the project and the removal of detour signs around the construction area.

Local, state, and federal officials, representatives from the Yakima business community, and other project partners have been invited to attend the 11:00 am ribbon cutting on July 23rd at the intersection of 1st Avenue and MLK, Jr. Blvd. Following the dedication ceremony, a caravan of City vehicles will take the first official trip on the underpass. Yakima community members are also invited to follow the caravan on foot to get a firsthand look at the new underpass.

After the ribbon cutting ceremony, crews will complete final cleanup of the underpass and a section of MLK, Jr. Blvd between 1st Avenue and 3rd Avenue that has been closed since the project began. Later in the day on July 23rd, that section of the roadway and the underpass will be opened to normal traffic.

Construction of the underpass was expected to last through late summer or early fall this year, but relatively mild winter weather and the efficiency of contractor crews allowed the project to be completed ahead of schedule.

Mowat Construction Company, a Woodinville-based firm, served as the project’s primary contractor. Work began in March 2013 on the roughly $10.6 million underpass project.

Reopening MLK, Jr. Blvd will restore a primary link to Downtown Yakima and relieve traffic congestion caused by detouring vehicles around the construction area while the underpass was being built. The part of Downtown Yakima that is home to the MLK, Jr. Blvd underpass has seen plenty of construction over the past few years. Work on the Lincoln Avenue underpass, located a block away from its MLK, Jr. Blvd sister underpass, began in 2010 and was finished in the fall of 2012.

The two Yakima underpasses had been in the planning and construction stages for more than a decade. The Washington State Congressional delegation (spearheaded by U.S. Senator Patty Murray), the 14th District state legislative delegation, and current and past Yakima City Council members played key roles in securing the majority of the needed funding from state and federal sources for construction.

BNSF also contributed more than $1.5 million toward completion of the two underpasses.

MLK, Jr. Blvd Opening – News Release

Citywide Road Resurfacing Project Update

A citywide street repaving project that began in mid May and will continue until this fall will affect traffic in several areas of Yakima from July 21st through July 25th. The City is spending about $15 million dollars this year completing a “grind and overlay” project, which involves removing old and deteriorated asphalt and replacing it with new asphalt, in order to recondition more than 90 lane miles of roadway sections in different parts of Yakima.

From Monday, July 21st through Friday, July 25th, periodic lane closures will occur each day from 6:00 am to 4:00 pm on several sections of roadways throughout the city as crews perform various tasks associated with the grind and overlay project. No sections of roadways will be completely closed to traffic during daytime hours, but drivers are encouraged to exercise caution and to drive slowly when traveling through marked work areas.

Various sections of streets will be also be completely closed to traffic overnight from 7:00 pm to 6:00 am on different days during the week of July 21st to July 25th. Detour routes will be in place so drivers can go around the closed portions of those streets.

A map showing the sections of roads that will be repaved during the project is posted on the City’s website at http://www.yakimawa.gov/apps/streets/resurfacing/. Updated travel alerts detailing specific sections of roads that will be impacted by the project during the week of July 21st to July 25th can also be found by clicking on that link.

Access to homes and businesses in the project areas will be maintained as best as possible and emergency vehicles will be allowed through the project areas if necessary.

For additional information regarding the grind and overlay project, contact Senior Engineer Bob Desgrosellier at 575-6228

Grind and Overlay Project Update – News Release

City Council Meeting Review

The Yakima City Council held its most recent regular agenda business meeting on Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Action taken by the Council on July 15th included:

-   Holding a future public hearing to discuss budget impacts related to a proposed reduction in the City utility tax rate

-   Approval of a street cut ordinance

-   Pursuing local funding options to begin the North 1st Street Revitalization Project in 2015

Follow this link to watch Y-PAC coverage of the July 15th Yakima City Council meeting – http://bit.ly/UaEBVx

Yakima City Council regular agenda business meetings air live on Charter Cable channel 194 and are replayed at 7:00 pm the following night. The meetings are shown again at 9:00 am on the following Saturday and Sunday and are also available on the City of Yakima website – http://www.yakimawa.gov/

Repaving Project to Impact Traffic on Pacific Avenue

A three-block section of Pacific Avenue will be closed to all traffic for most of the day from now through July 30th while crews repair and repave the street.

Pacific between 6th Street and 9th Street will be closed from 5:30 am to 4:00 pm while the project is underway. Detour routes will available to allow drivers to avoid the project area. The three-block section of Pacific will be open to local traffic overnight.

During the project, traffic delays in the area are likely to occur. Drivers should use alternate routes if possible until the project is completed.

Access to homes and businesses in the area will be maintained and traffic will be allowed through the project area when possible.

As always, the schedule for this type of a project is subject to change daily dependent on weather, equipment failure, and emergencies.

For additional information about this project, contact Streets and Traffic Operations Manager Joe Rosenlund at 576-6430.

Pacific Avenue Repaving – 7-16-14

Yakima City Council Meeting Preview

The Yakima City Council holds its next regular agenda business meeting on Tuesday July15th, 2014. The meeting begins at 6:00 pm at Yakima City Hall.

Items on the July 15th agenda include

-     A request to reduce the City of Yakima utility tax rate from 6% to 4%

-     Withdrawing from the Yakima Valley Office of Emergency Management agreement

-     An update regarding a proposed indoor swimming pool facility

-     A report on funding options for the North 1st Street Revitalization Project

-     A report on recent regional tours of downtown districts

To see the complete agenda for the July 15th Council meeting, click on the following http://bit.ly/1q3VBfb

Yakima City Council regular agenda business meetings air live on Charter Cable channel 194 and are replayed at 7:00 pm the following day. The meetings are shown again at 9:00 am on the following Saturday and Sunday and are also available on the City of Yakima website – www.yakimawa.gov

Citywide Road Resurfacing Project Update

A citywide street repaving project that began in mid May and will continue until this fall will affect traffic in several areas of Yakima from July 14th through July 18th. The City is spending about $15 million dollars this year completing a “grind and overlay” project, which involves removing old and deteriorated asphalt and replacing it with new asphalt, in order to recondition more than 90 lane miles of roadway sections in different parts of Yakima.

From Monday, July 14th through Friday, July 18th, periodic lane closures will occur each day from 6:00 am to 4:00 pm on Lincoln Avenue between 24th Avenue and 32nd Avenue, on Tieton Drive between 40th Avenue and 48th Avenue, on W. MLK, Jr. Boulevard between 1st Avenue and Pierce Avenue, on 3rd Avenue between Walnut Street and “D” Street, on 4th Avenue between Tieton Drive and Walnut Street and on 4th Avenue between Yakima Avenue and “D” Street.

The following sections of streets will be completely closed to traffic overnight from 7:00 pm to 6:00 am on different days during the week of June 30th to July 3rd:

-          40th Ave between Fruitvale Boulevard and Summitview Ave – July 14th to July 16th

-          W. Lincoln between 1st Ave to 16th Ave –July 16th to July 17th

-          44th Ave between Nob Hill Blvd and Tieton  – July 14th to July 17th

-          16th Ave between River Road to SR-12 – July 16th

-          W. MLK Jr. Blvd. between 2nd Ave and 3rd Ave – July 14th

-          Tieton between 16th Ave and Voltaire (33rd Ave) – July 14th to July 16th

-          Tieton between 40th Ave and 48th Ave – July 14th to 15th & July 17

-          19th Ave between Tieton and Chestnut Ave – July 15th

-          “D” Street between 1st Ave and 5th Ave –July 15th

-          Walnut between 1st Street and 7th Ave – July 14th

Detour routes will be in place so drivers can go around the closed portions of those streets.

A map showing the sections of roads that will be repaved during the project is posted on the City’s website at http://www.yakimawa.gov/apps/streets/resurfacing/. Updated travel alerts related to the resurfacing project can also be found by clicking on that link.

Access to homes and businesses in the project areas will be maintained as best as possible and emergency vehicles will be allowed through the project areas if necessary.

For additional information regarding the grind and overlay project, contact Senior Engineer Bob Desgrosellier at 575-6228.

 

Grind and Overlay Project Update News Release

Irrigation Shutoff Needed To Repair Private Delivery System

The New Schanno Canal Company, a private provider of irrigation water to the City of Yakima’s Lenox System and 9th Avenue System, has been experiencing problems with its delivery system recently.  Several repairs were completed this week, but another leak has been discovered.  To initiate repairs, the New Schanno canal will be temporarily shut down on the evening of Monday, July 14th.  Meanwhile, the canal will continue to operate this weekend with limited pressure.

The temporary shutdown will result in about 1,400 homes served by the City’s Lenox System and 9th Avenue System experiencing reduced irrigation water pressure.  Some homes may be completely without irrigation water while crews from the City of Yakima Water/Irrigation Division are assisting the private canal company in trying to determine what’s causing the delivery system problems.

After repairs are made to the New Schanno system, irrigation water should gradually begin flowing again on Tuesday afternoon.  However, full irrigation water service is not expected to be available in the Lenox System and the 9th Avenue System until sometime on Wednesday, July 16th.

The Lenox System serves the area from Voelker Avenue to 12th Ave between Nob Hill Boulevard and Mead Avenue. The 9th Avenue System serves an area from 7th Ave to 10th Ave between Baker Street and Nob Hill.

As always, the schedule for this type of project is subject to change daily dependent on weather, equipment failure, and emergencies.

Customers who have questions about the New Schanno delivery system shutoff are encouraged to contact Acting Irrigation Supervisor Rich Sanislo at 575-6194

 

Irrigation Delivery System Shut Down News Release

Shutdown of Private Delivery System Will Interrupt Irrigation Service

The New Schanno Canal Company, a private provider of irrigation water to the City of Yakima’s Lenox System and 9th Avenue System, has been experiencing problems with its delivery system recently. In order to determine the cause of the delivery system problems and to initiate repairs, the New Schanno canal will be temporarily shut down on Wednesday, July 9th.

The temporary shutdown will result in about 1,400 homes served by the City’s Lenox System and 9th Avenue System experiencing reduced irrigation water pressure. Some homes may be completely without irrigation water while crews from the City of Yakima Water/Irrigation Division are assisting the private canal company in trying to determine what’s causing the delivery system problems.

Irrigation water service will begin to be restored as soon as repairs are made to the New Schanno delivery system, which is tentatively expected to occur mid-afternoon on Wednesday, July 9th. Full irrigation water service is likely to be available throughout both the Lenox System and the 9th Avenue System during the day on Thursday, July 10th.

The Lenox System serves the area from Voelker Avenue to 12th Ave between Nob Hill Boulevard and Mead Avenue. The 9th Avenue System serves an area from 7th Ave to 10th Ave between Baker Street and Nob Hill.

As always, the schedule for this type of project is subject to change daily dependent on weather, equipment failure, and emergencies.

Customers who have questions about the New Schanno delivery system shutoff are encouraged to contact Acting Irrigation Supervisor Rich Sanislo at 575-6194.

Irrigation Delivery System Shut Down – News Release

Citywide Road Resurfacing Project Update

A citywide street repaving project that began in mid May and will continue until this fall will affect traffic in several areas of Yakima from July 7th through July 11th. The City is spending about $15 million dollars this year completing a “grind and overlay” project, which involves removing old and deteriorated asphalt and replacing it with new asphalt, in order to recondition more than 90 lane miles of roadway sections in different parts of Yakima.

From Monday, July 7th through Friday, July 11th, periodic lane closures will occur each day from 6:00 am to 4:00 pm on Lincoln Avenue between 24th Avenue and 32nd Avenue, on Tieton Drive between 40th Avenue and 48th Avenue, on W. MLK, Jr. Boulevard between 1st Avenue and Pierce Avenue, and on 6th Street between Yakima Avenue and H Street.

The following sections of streets will be completely closed to traffic overnight from 7:00 pm to 6:00 am on different days during the week of June 30th to July 3rd:

-        40th Ave between Fruitvale Boulevard and Summitview Ave – July 7th to July 9th

-        Lincoln between 24th Ave and 32nd Ave – July 9th

-        24th Ave between Washington Ave and Nob Hill Boulevard – July 8th

-        Nob Hill between 32nd Ave and 40th Ave – July 7th and July 8th

-        16th Ave between Nob Hill and Englewood Ave – July 10th and July 11th

-        Yakima Ave between 12th Ave and 16th Ave – July 9th and July 10th

-        Tieton between 16th Ave and Voltaire (33rd Ave) – July 7th to July 10th

-        19th Ave between Tieton and Chestnut Ave – July 7th to July 10th

-        Tieton between 40th Ave and 48th Ave – July 7th to July 9th

-        4th Ave between Tieton and Walnut and between Yakima Ave and D Street – July 7th and July 8th

-        5th Ave between Walnut and Yakima Ave – July 9th and July 10th

-        6th Street between Pacific Ave and H Street – July 9th and July 10th

-        Walnut between 1st Street and 7th Ave – July 9th and July 10th

-        3rd Ave between Walnut and D Street – July 7th and July 8th

-        Summitview Ave between Yakima Ave and 16th Ave – July 10th and July 11th

Detour routes will be in place so drivers can go around the closed portions of those streets.

A map showing the sections of roads that will be repaved during the project is posted on the City’s website at http://www.yakimawa.gov/apps/streets/resurfacing/. Updated travel alerts related to the resurfacing project can also be found by clicking on that link.

Access to homes and businesses in the project areas will be maintained as best as possible and emergency vehicles will be allowed through the project areas if necessary.

For additional information regarding the grind and overlay project, contact Senior Engineer Bob Desgrosellier at 575-6228.

Citywide Road Repaving Project Update – News Release