City of Yakima

Citywide Road Resurfacing Project Update

A citywide street repaving project that began earlier this month and will continue until this fall will affect traffic in several areas of Yakima from August 1st through August 8th.

*** Starting Friday August 1st at 7:00 p.m. the intersection of 40th Avenue and Nob Hill Blvd. will be CLOSED TO ALL THROUGH TRAFFIC, including emergency vehicles, until 5:00 a.m. Monday August 4th. The intersection is being excavated for the placement of a cement concrete street section.

From Monday, August 4th through Friday, August 8th, periodic lane closures will occur each day from 6:00 am to 4:00 pm

on Walnut Street between 1st Street and 7th Avenue;

on Lincoln Avenue from 1st Street to 10th Street;

on 4th Avenue from Division to Walnut

Various sections of the following 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 August 4th to August 8th.

Nob Hill Blvd from 32nd Avenue to 48th Avenue,

16th Avenue from Nob Hill Blvd to Englewood Avenue,

Tieton Drive from 16th Avenue to 33rd Avenue,

Tieton Drive from 40th Avenue to 48th Avenue,

MLK Jr. Blvd from 8th Street to Pierce Avenue,

Walnut Street from 1st Street to 8th Avenue,

“D” Street from 1st Avenue to 5th Avenue,

3rd Avenue from Walnut to “D” Street,

Summitview Avenue from Yakima Avenue to 16th Avenue.

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.

The City is spending about $15 million dollars this year completing what’s known as a “grind and overlay” project in order to recondition roadway sections in different parts of Yakima. A grind and overlay project involves removing old and deteriorated asphalt and replacing it with new asphalt, which significantly improves the drivability and safety of the road surface. Over the next few months, the grind and overlay project will affect nearly every part of Yakima.

While the grind and overlay work is underway, traffic delays in the project areas will occur. Drivers should use alternate routes if possible until the work is completed.

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.

As always, the schedule for these types of projects is subject to change daily dependent on weather, equipment failure, and emergencies.

Road Project Update – News Release 08 01-14

Repaving Project to Impact Traffic on West Lincoln Avenue

A grind and overlay project on West Lincoln Avenue in the Gilbert Park area will begin on Monday, August 4th

The project will require closure of the eastbound lane of West Lincoln at 52nd avenue between 6:00 am and 4:00 pm on weekdays. Eastbound traffic will be detoured North on 52nd Avenue around the construction activity. While local access will be maintained during the road work, traffic delays in the area are likely to occur. Drivers should use alternate routes if possible until the project is completed.

The repaving work on West Lincoln will go from 42nd Avenue to 52nd Avenue and should be completed by August 21st.

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.

 

Lincoln Avenue Repaving News Release – 8-01-14

Drinking Water System Repair to Impact North 56th Ave and Englewood

The repair of a leaking valve will disrupt traffic at the intersection of North 56th Avenue and Englewood Avenue on Wednesday, July 30th. The work will begin at 6:00 am and should be completed by 3:30 pm.

The intersection at North 56th and Englewood will be closed. Detour routes will be available on North 52nd Avenue and North 58th Avenue to Lincoln Ave.

Because of heavy traffic volume at this intersection, motorists can expect delays in the project area. Drivers should use alternate routes if possible until the work is completed.

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

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

For more information about the project, contact Emilio Lopez, Acting Water Distribution Supervisor at 575-6196.

56th Ave and Englewood Water System Repair – 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 28th through August 4th.

From Monday, July 28th through Monday, August 4th, periodic lane closures will occur each day from 6:00 am to 4:00 pm on Walnut Street between 1st Street and 7th Avenue and on Lincoln Avenue between 1st Street and 10th Street.

The intersection of 40th Avenue and Nob Hill Boulevard will be closed to all traffic beginning at 9:00 pm on Friday, August 1st through Monday, August 4th at 5:00 pm while the intersection is rebuilt.

The following street sections will be completely closed to traffic overnight from 7:00 pm to 6:00 am on different days during the week of July 28th to August 1st:

- Lincoln between 1st Avenue and 16th Avenue

- 24th Avenue between Washington Avenue and Nob Hill Boulevard

- Nob Hill between 32nd Avenue and 48th Avenue

- 16th Avenue between Nob Hill and Englewood Avenue

- Yakima Avenue between 12th Avenue and 16th Avenue

- Tieton Drive between 16th Avenue and 33rd Avenue

- Tieton Drive between 40th Avenue and 48th Avenue

- MLK, Jr. Boulevard between 8th Street and Pierce Avenue

- Walnut Street between 1st Street and 8th Avenue

- D Street between 1st Avenue and 5th Avenue

- 3rd Avenue between Walnut and D Street

- Lincoln between 1st Street and 10th Street

- Summitview Avenue between Yakima Avenue and 16th Avenue

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

MLK, Jr. Boulevard Underpass Open to Traffic

The wait is over for drivers wanting to use the new MLK, Jr. Boulevard underpass in Yakima. A ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, July 23rd officially marked 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 attended the 11:00 am ribbon cutting on July 23rd at the intersection of 1st Avenue and MLK, Jr. Blvd. After the dedication ceremony, a caravan of City vehicles took the first official trip on the underpass followed by Yakima community members on foot who got a firsthand look at the new underpass.

About an hour after the ceremony finished, crews had completed 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 and the underpass was 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 restores a primary link to Downtown Yakima and relieves 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 Underpass Open – 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