City of Yakima

Replacement of Signal Pole Will Impact 17th Street and Yakima Ave Traffic

The replacement of a traffic signal pole and the activation of a new pole will impact drivers during the evening of July 30th and early morning of July 31st in the area near the intersection of 17th Street and Yakima Avenue.

Crews from the City of Yakima and Knobel Electric will begin setting up cones and diverting traffic around the project area at about 6:00 pm on Wednesday, July 30th. Crews will then remove an existing traffic signal pole and install a new pole. Full activation of the new traffic signal pole is expected to be completed by about 2:00 am on Thursday, July 31st.

While the project is underway, traffic signals at the intersection of 17th Street and Yakima Avenue will be disabled. Flaggers will be on site to direct drivers through the project area. Westbound traffic will not be able to make a left hand turn onto 17th Street (which leads to the Wal Mart parking lot) for the duration of the traffic signal pole installation.

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 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.

17th Street and Yakima Ave Traffic Signal Work – News Release

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

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