City of Yakima

Utility Work to Close a Portion of South 6th Street

Replacement of a water line will result in the closure of South 6th Street between East Maple Street and East Beech Street on Monday, September 22nd. The work will begin at 6:00 am and should be completed by 3:30 pm.

Detours around the construction site will be available, but because of heavy traffic volume in the area, drivers 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 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.

Water Line Replacement – News Release

Yakima Transit Again Providing Free Shuttle Bus Service to the Fair

Yakima Transit will once again be providing free shuttle bus service to the Central Washington State Fair all ten days of the fair. Shuttle buses will run continuously from the Park and Ride location at Gateway Center (home to Target and other stories). Shuttle buses will load passengers at the Yakima Transit bus stop located north of Office Max and take them directly to the front gates of the fair.

“This year’s shuttle service is being operated the same as previous years,” said Acting Yakima Transit Manager Alvie Maxey. “Yakima Transit has been providing free shuttle bus service to the fair for several years. It has been successful and people have come to rely on it,” said Maxey. “Shuttle buses will begin operating a half-an-hour before the fair opens each day and will stop running a half-an-hour after the fair closes each night. The Yakima Transit shuttle bus really is the best way to get to and from the fair,” said Maxey.

All regular Yakima Transit bus routes and schedules will operate normally throughout the fair with standard fares being charged. The #6 Fair Ave./No. 4st St. route also serves the fairgrounds at least hourly from the Downtown Transit Center until 6:25 pm.

                             Yakima Transit Free Fair Shuttle Bus Service Hours by Day

First Departure                     Last Departure

From Gateway Center               from Fairgrounds

Friday, September 19             10:30 am                                 11:30 pm

Saturday, September 20                     10:30 am                                 11:30 pm

Sunday, September 21                       10:30 am                                 10:30 pm

Monday, September 22                       10:30 am                                 10:30 pm

Tuesday, September 23                      10:30 am                                 10:30 pm

Wednesday, September 24                10:30 am                                 10:30 pm

Thursday, September 25                    10:30 am                                 10:30 pm

Friday, September 26                         10:30 am                                 11:30 pm

Saturday, September 27                     10:30 am                                 11:30 pm

Sunday, September 28                       10:30 am                                  9:30 pm

Fair Shuttle Bus Service – News Release

Yakima City Council Meeting Review

The Yakima City Council held its most recent regular agenda business meeting on Tuesday, September 16th, 2014.

Action taken by the Council on September 16th included:

–   Changes in the election process for the Yakima City Council

–   Rejection of a proposed reduction in the City utility tax rate

–   Approval of parking changes for Downtown Yakima

–   Approval of design work for the first phase of the North 1st revitalization project

Follow this link to watch Y-PAC coverage of the September 16th Yakima City Council meeting – http://bit.ly/Xj2GuQ

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 two day grind and overlay project on Pacific Avenue between 9th Street and Fair Avenue will begin on Wednesday, September 17th.

The project will require closure of Pacific Avenue between 6:00 am and 4:00 pm on Wednesday and Thursday of this week.   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.

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.

September 2014 City of Yakima Issues Brief

In this edition of the City of Yakima Issues Brief e-Newsletter, SunComm Staging 7th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser - Preferred Plaza Design Accommodates Displaced Parking - Yakima’s First Dog Park Under Construction at Randall Park

To see the complete September 2014 City of Yakima Issues Brief e-Newsletter, click on the link below.

September 2014 City of Yakima Issues Brief

Drinking Water System Repair to Impact traffic on South 16th Ave

Water service repairs will disrupt traffic in the northbound lanes of 16th Avenue on Wednesday, September 17th. The work will begin at 6:00 am and should be completed by 3:30 pm.

South 16th Avenue between Plath and Logan Avenue will be restricted to one lane going north.

Because of heavy traffic volume, 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 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.

Water Service Repairs – News Release

Citywide Road Resurfacing Project Update

A citywide street repaving project that began in May and will continue until this fall will affect traffic in several areas of Yakima from September 15th through September 19th. The project involves reconditioning more than 90 lane miles of roads and will cost a total of $15 million. The “grind and overlay” project is now nearly 60% complete.

From Monday, September 15th through Friday, September 19th, periodic lane closures will occur each day from 6:00 am to 4:00 pm on Lincoln Avenue between 1st Street and 10th Street, MLK, Jr. Boulevard between 1st Avenue and Pierce Avenue, Mead Avenue between 11th Avenue and Fair Avenue, Washington Avenue between 15th Avenue and 1st Street, 6th Street between Pacific Avenue and Lincoln Avenue, 3rd Avenue between Yakima Avenue and D Street, 4th Avenue between Yakima Avenue and Lincoln Avenue, and 5th Avenue between Walnut Street and Yakima Avenue.

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 September 15th to September 19th.

  • 5th Avenue from Walnut Street to Yakima Avenue
  • 4th Avenue from Yakima Avenue to Lincoln Avenue
  • 3rd Avenue from Yakima Avenue to D Street
  • 6th Street from Lincoln Avenue to Pacific Avenue
  • Lincoln Avenue from Oregon Avenue to 1st Avenue
  • MLK, Jr. Boulevard from Pierce Street to 1st Avenue
  • Pierce Avenue from Summitview Avenue to Lincoln Avenue
  • Lincoln Avenue from 1st Street to 10th Street
  • MLK, Jr. Boulevard from 1st Street to 8th Street
  • Walnut Street from 1st Street to 8th Avenue
  • Mead Avenue from 11th Avenue to Fair 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.

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.

Road Repaving Project Update – News Release

 

 

Drinking Water System Repair to Impact Traffic on South 16th Ave

Water service repairs will disrupt traffic in the northbound lanes of 16th Avenue on Tuesday, September 16th. The work will begin at 6:00 am and should be completed by 3:30 pm.

South 16th Avenue between Nob Hill Boulevard and Prasch Avenue will be restricted to one lane going north.

Because of heavy traffic volume, 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 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.

Water Service Repairs – News Release

Yakima City Council Meeting Preview

The Yakima City Council holds its next regular agenda business meeting on Tuesday, September 16th, 2014. The meeting begins at 6:00 pm at Yakima City Hall.

Items on the September 16th agenda include:

–    A public hearing concerning utility tax options

–    North 1st Street strategy report update

–    Short term parking recommendations for downtown Yakima

To see the complete agenda for the September 16th Council meeting, click on the following link – http://bit.ly/1Bz2asi

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

Tour of Homes Includes Disaster Preparedness Drill

A crowd gathers as the acrid smoke pours out of the newly constructed Central Washington Tour Home. Fortunately, this is only a simulation and the City of Yakima Fire Department is on hand to show visitors how to safely evacuate the home.
Additionally, the Red Cross is on site to ensure that visitors go home savvier and equipped with to
prepare a disaster preparedness kit.

This free community event takes place at 10:00 am on Saturday, September 13th at 5005 Homesite Drive in Yakima during the second weekend of the 33rd annual Central Washington Tour of Homes.
“This is an especially timely demonstration event given the recent spate of fires in and around our communities”, explained Carly Faul, Central Washington Home Builder Association Executive Director.  The fire department will simulate a fire alarm going off and create real life effects with the using fake smoke to provide a realistic demonstration for how to evacuate a home safely.
In addition to firsthand learning from the real life experience, the Red Cross will provide visitors with a chance to win a disaster preparedness kit and CWHBA will add a helpful fire relief brochure.

Carly Faul added, “Our builder members care deeply about the communities they live and work in and ensure that their homes are equipped with modern safety measures like smoke alarms, but if the worst can’t be prevented, it’s nice to know how to be prepared.”

About Central Washington Home Builders Association
The Central Washington Home Builders Association is comprised of 730 member businesses employing nearly
10,000 people. The association brings together all the players in this dynamic and ever changing industry to meet
one primary objective: to ensure that local citizens have access to the housing of their choice and the opportunity
to realize the American dream of homeownership. The CWHBA serves as a resource to the public, providing
information and referrals to help citizens enjoy their construction experience. Likewise, since 1955, CWHBA has
worked to promote and protect the local building industry by providing membership-based programs, networking
opportunities and government representation to builders, developers, trades contractors, suppliers and industry
service providers in Washington. The Association works with government, the public, and a variety of business and
community organizations.

Tour of Homes Preparedness Drill – News Release