City of Yakima

Road Damage Caused by Water Main Break Being Assessed

It will likely take a few days to fully evaluate the extent of damage a water main break that occurred early this morning did to a downtown section of Yakima Avenue and to determine what repairs will need to be made to the roadway. Until a more complete assessment is completed, Yakima Avenue between 1st Street and 2nd Street will remain closed.

However, water service to the buildings affected by the break has now been restored.

The break in the 12-inch water main occurred under Yakima Avenue in front of Santiago’s Gourmet Mexican Restaurant and Vida Rug & Home Gallery. The break was discovered at about 5:00 am today and was responded to quickly by crews from the City of Yakima Water/Irrigation Division.

Water service to Santiago’s, Vida Rug & Home Gallery, the Wells Fargo Bank branch at 101 East Yakima Avenue, and two vacant buildings east of Vida Rug & Home Gallery was shut off while repairs to the main were made. Water service was restored to those building shortly after 2:00 pm today.

It’s likely that portions of Yakima Avenue between 1st Street and 2nd Street will need to be stabilized and repaved. How significant the street repairs will be won’t be known until soils below the roadway have a chance to dry out and settle. A section of sidewalk adjacent to where the water main break occurred has been undermined and will have to be removed and replaced.

“There will certainly be some inconvenience caused while road and sidewalk damage is more thoroughly assessed and repairs can be completed,” said Communications & Public Affairs Director Randy Beehler. “Access to the business along that one-block section of Yakima Avenue will be maintained as best as possible and the necessary repairs will be made as quickly as they can be,” said Beehler.

Although water and mud flowed across streets and sidewalks within several blocks of the break, only Vida Rug & Home Gallery appears to have suffered much water damage. Santiago’s, Wells Fargo, the nearby vacant buildings, and a Subway restaurant on the corner of 2nd Street and Yakima Avenue have reported minimal water intrusion.

“Most of the attention so far today has been focused on addressing the immediate need to repair the break in the main,” said Beehler. “The break will be fixed and water service will be turned back on later today. Then we’ll start taking a closer look at the full extent of whatever damage may have been caused by the break.”

Additional information about roadway repairs that will be needed, how long traffic in the area will be impacted, and any other effects of the water main break will be provided as it becomes available.

Downtown Yakima Water Main Break – News Release

Special Yakima City Council Meeting Scheduled for October 28th

A special meeting of the Yakima City Council has been scheduled for Tuesday, October 28th at 10:00 am so the Council can discuss its efforts to redesign its Council election system.  The redesign of the Council election system became necessary after a federal judge ruled in August that certain elements of the existing system do not provide Latino voters will adequate opportunities to participate.

The Council study session scheduled for October 28th at 10:00 am will be conducted following completion of the special meeting.

Please see the official special meeting notice below.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

YAKIMA CITY COUNCIL SPECIAL MEETING AT 10:00 A.M

& STUDY SESSION AT 10:15 A.M.

October 28, 2014 at 10 Am

COUNCIL CHAMBERS, YAKIMA CITY HALL

 

A complete meeting agenda and other related items are posted on the City’s website at www.yakimawa.gov.  Other locations to review this information are the Yakima Central Library and the City Clerk’s office at City Hall.  If you have questions, please contact the City Clerk’s office at (509) 575-6000. Any invocation that may be offered before the official start of the Council meeting shall be the voluntary offering of a private citizen, to and for the benefit of the Council.  The views or beliefs expressed by the invocation speaker have not been previously reviewed or approved by the Council, and the Council does not endorse the religious beliefs or views of this, or any other speaker. The City provides special accommodations, such as hearing devices, wheelchair space or language interpreters, for City meetings. Anyone needing special assistance please contact the City Clerk’s office at (509) 575-6000

October 28th Yakima City Council Special Meeting Notice

 

Citywide Road Resurfacing Project Paving Completed

An ambitious citywide street repaving project that began in May has reached a milestone now that all of the more than 90 lane miles of roads included in the project have been paved. All that remains for the $15 million project to be completed is work involving striping some of the last road sections that were paved, adjusting utility fixtures, finishing crosswalk placements, and wrapping up other minor finishing touches. The project was originally expected be completed by early winter and is easily on pace to do just that.

As part of the work that remains on the project, Washington Avenue between 15th Avenue and 1st Street will be closed to all traffic from 7:00 pm to 6:00 am each day from Monday, October 27th through Friday, October 31st,

Various sections of the following streets will experience periodic daytime lane closures during the week of October 27th through October 31st:

  • 6th Street between Lincoln Avenue and Pacific Avenue
  • Lincoln Avenue between 1st Street and 10th Street
  • MLK, Jr. Boulevard between 1st Street and 8th Street
  • Walnut Street between 1st Street and 7th Avenue
  • Mead Avenue between 11th Avenue and Fair Avenue
  • Washington Avenue between 15th Avenue and 1st Street

Sections of various other streets are also likely to have short-duration lane closures during the next week as final work on the resurfacing project is completed.

“This was a significant undertaking and the City sincerely thanks the Yakima community for its patience during the project,” said Communications & Public Affairs Director Randy Beehler. “There were, no doubt, moments of inconvenience for most everyone over the last few months when they were trying to get around town. Our primary contractor (Columbia Asphalt & Gravel, Inc.) and subcontractors did a very good job in minimizing the impact, and we are grateful for that,” said Beehler. “Over the past two years, almost 120 lanes miles in Yakima have been reconditioned and are now much safer to drive on and will last for many more years to come.”

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

Grind and Overlay Project Update – News Release

Yakima City Council Meeting Review

The Yakima City Council held its most recent regular agenda business meeting on Tuesday, October 21st, 2014.

Action taken by the Council on October 21st included:

–    Approval of a six-month moratorium on new homeless shelters

–    Approval of three temporary emergency winter weather shelters

–    Directing City staff to meet with pawnbrokers, secondhand dealers and precious metal dealers concerning proposed new reporting requirements

Follow this link to watch Y-PAC coverage of the October 21st Yakima City Council meeting – http://bit.ly/1wagJ5N

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/

Yakima City Council Meeting Preview

The Yakima City Council holds its next regular agenda business meeting on Tuesday, October 21st, 2014. The meeting begins at 6:00 pm at Yakima City Hall.

Items on the October 21st agenda include:

–   An economic and fiscal impact report on the Cascade Mill site property

–   A request to use three churches as temporary emergency cold weather shelters

–   New reporting and record keeping requirements for pawnbrokers, secondhand dealers and precious metal dealers

To see the complete agenda for the October 21st Council meeting, click on the following link http://bit.ly/1DgyJff

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

Downtown Parking Restriping Project To Start

A switch from parallel to angle parking will be underway during the next two days in portions of Downtown Yakima.

The restriping work will result in the closure of East Chestnut Avenue and South Third Street on Thursday, October 16th. Chestnut will be closed to through traffic from 1st Street to 4th Street and Third Street will be impacted between Yakima Avenue and East Walnut.

Detours will be in place and efforts will be made to maintain access to the downtown Yakima Post Office.

On Friday, October 17th the restriping project will shift to 2nd Street and also on Sgt. Pendleton Way. Work on 2nd Street will close the roadway between Yakima Avenue and East Walnut. On Sgt. Pendleton Way, traffic will be impacted between 1st Street and 4th Street.

The parking changes were recommended by a consultant and are designed to generate nearly 120 additional downtown parking spaces. The change to parallel parking will also reduce the number of traffic lanes on Chestnut and Sgt. Pendleton Way.

Work will begin at 7:00 am and should last until 3:00 pm on both Thursday and Friday. Drivers should use alternate routes if possible until the work is completed.

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

For additional information regarding, contact construction supervisor Bruce Floyd at 575-6138.

Utility Work to Restrict Traffic on West Washington Avenue

Paving work on a utility cut will result in traffic restrictions on West Washington Avenue between South 24th Avenue and South 28th Avenue on Thursday, October 16th and Friday, October 17th, 2014. Work will begin at 8:00 am and should be completed by 3:30 pm.

Traffic will be limited to one lane in both directions in the project area. Because of heavy traffic volume on Washington Avenue, motorists can expect delays. 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 if necessary.

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 Water Distribution Supervisor Emilio Lopez at 575-6196.

Repaving Project to Impact Traffic on 22nd Avenue

A repaving project on 22nd Avenue will result in the closure of the road between St. Helens Street and Bonnie Doon Avenue for most of each day on Monday, October 20th and Tuesday, October 21st.

That section of 22nd Avenue will be closed from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm while the project is underway. Detour routes will available to allow drivers to avoid the project area.

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 project area will be impacted, but will be maintained when possible. Emergency vehicles will be allowed through the project area if necessary.

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.

22nd Avenue Repaving Project – News Release

Citywide Road Resurfacing Project Update

An ongoing citywide street repaving project that began in May will affect traffic in several areas of Yakima from October 13th through October 17th. The project involves reconditioning more than 90 lane miles of roads and will cost a total of $15 million. The project is now 90% complete.

While paving is scheduled to be completed soon, additional work on the project will continue for the next month or so. Utility adjustments, concrete work, striping, general cleanup, and other activities will still need to be finished.

From Monday, October 13th through Thursday, October 16th, periodic lane closures will occur each day from 6:00 am to 4:00 pm on Washington Avenue between 15th Avenue and 1st Street.

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 October 3th through October 16th:

  • Nob Hill Boulevard between 40th Avenue and 48th Avenue
  • D Street between 1st Avenue and 1st Street
  • Mead Avenue between 11th Avenue and Fair Avenue
  • Washington Avenue between 15th Avenue and 1st Street

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.

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.

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

Citywide Road Resurfacing Project Update – News Release

Shoulder Repair Project to Impact Traffic on Lincoln Avenue

A roadway shoulder repair project on Lincoln Avenue will result in the closure of the westbound lane of Lincoln between 56th Avenue and 63rd Avenue for most of the day on Monday, October 13th.

The closure of that portion of the westbound lane on Lincoln will last from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm while the project is underway. Flaggers will be on site to allow one lane of traffic through the project area at a time. Detour routes around the project area will be available on both Englewood Avenue and Summitview Avenue.

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 project area will be impacted, but will be maintained when possible. Emergency vehicles will be allowed through the project area if necessary.

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 Shoulder Repair – News Release