City of Yakima

Sewer Line Extension Project Update

Paving activities will occur on Nob Hill Boulevard between South 1st Street and South 6th Street, on Monday, April 20th, resulting in a nighttime closure of the two eastbound travel lanes and center turn lane. A detour will be posted at South 1st Street and South 6th Street.

Construction activities may temporarily affect homeowners and businesses adjacent to the project area.

During the project, traffic delays in the areas 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 project is subject to change daily dependent on weather, equipment failure, and emergencies.

P.O.W. Contracting, Inc., a Pasco-based firm, is serving as the primary contractor on the industrial waste sewer extension project.

For additional information regarding this project, contact Wastewater Operations Manager Marc Cawley at 576-6303.

Sewer Line Extension Project – News Release

Manhole Repair Project to Impact Drivers on East Nob Hill

Repairs to a manhole will result in the closure of eastbound and westbound inside lanes on a section East Nob Hill Boulevard just west of the Fair Avenue intersection on Monday, April 20th. The work will begin at 6:00 am and should be completed within two or three hours.

About 120 feet of both inside lanes of East Nob Hill Boulevard west of Fair Avenue will be closed while crews are working.

While the project is underway, drivers can expect delays on roads near 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 Wastewater Collections Supervisor Dana Kallevig at 406-7103.

Manhole Repair Project on East Nob Hill – News Release

Yakima City Council Meeting Preview

The Yakima City Council holds its next regular agenda business meeting on Tuesday, April 21st, 2015. The meeting begins at 6:00 pm at Yakima City Hall.

Items on the April 21st agenda include:

–   Presentation of the 2015 City of Yakima Business Plan

–   Presentation of the 2015 City of Yakima Strategic Plan

–   A public hearing to consider amending the 6-year transportation improvement plan

–   Formation of a law enforcement Critical Response Unit to handle high risk incidents

To see the complete agenda for the April 21st Council meeting, click on the following link

http://bit.ly/1OOEeYD

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 – http://www.yakimawa.gov/

Traffic Signal Work at Fair Avenue and Nob Hill Boulevard to Affect Drivers

Traffic signals at the intersection of Fair Avenue and Nob Hill Boulevard will be shut down temporarily during the day on Sunday, April 19th for a few hours while work is done to replace the signal cabinet at that location.

City of Yakima crews will be installing a signal cabinet from 8:00 am until about noon that day. At times while the work is underway, the signals at the Fair Avenue and Nob Hill Boulevard intersection won’t be working. Yakima Police Department officers will be in place to direct traffic through the intersection.

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.

Fair and Nob Hill Signal Work – News Release

April 2015 City of Yakima Issues Brief

Articles in the 2015 City of Yakima Issues Brief include: Yakima Making Another Run at All-America City Status –  Viva La Música Free Concert Series Returns for Second Year - Longtime City Employee Named Interim Human Resources Director.  Click on the link below to see the latest edition of the City of Yakima Issues Brief, a publication of the City of Yakima Community Relations office.

April 2015 City of Yakima Issues Brief

Randall Park Wildlife Viewing Deck Nearing Completion

Construction on the $70,000 Randall Park wildlife viewing deck began earlier this year thanks to fund raising efforts that were spearheaded by the Yakima Southwest Rotary Club and a grant from the Yakima Rotary Trust.

“The new deck will be a tremendous improvement for visitors and replaces a structure that was in really bad shape,” said Yakima Parks and Recreation Manager Ken Wilkinson. “Service clubs have demonstrated a real commitment to Yakima’s parks and this is just another example of their generosity.”

Members of the Yakima Southwest Rotary Club will be busy on Saturday, April 18th installing hand railings around the new wildlife viewing deck located in the northeast corner of Randall Park. The volunteers will begin their work around 9:00 am.

After the railing is installed, plans call for placing concrete pavers on the viewing deck along with outdoor lighting and a circular bench for visitors to watch ducks, geese and other wildlife that live in the nearby pond and wetlands. The entire project is expected to be finished by May.

The wildlife viewing deck is just one of many improvements being planned for Randall Park this year.

Randall Park covers more than 40 acres and is located south of Nob Hill Boulevard between 44th and 48th avenues.

 

Wildlife Viewing Deck News Release pdf

New Dog Park at Randall Park Dedication this Saturday

Since it opened in early December last year, the first dog park built by the City of Yakima has been being enjoyed by dogs big and small and their owners. The Randall Park Dog Park, however, still needed a few finishing touches before it was officially done, and those final details had to wait to be taken care of until warmer weather found its way to the Yakima Valley.

Thanks to very pleasant spring conditions over the last few weeks, the Randall Park Dog Park is now complete and will be formally dedicated during a ribbon cutting ceremony this Saturday, April 18th at 11:00 am. The dog park is located on a 1.6 acre section of Randall Park south of Wide Hollow Creek. The entrance to the dog park parking lot is on the east side of 48th Avenue.

Work on the park started during the summer last year after a dedicated group of dog lovers approached the City about building a place for dogs to roam and enjoy off leash. The group not only helped to design the dog park, but also helped raise money to pay for its construction and helped build the park.

“The people who volunteered their time to turn the dream of a dog park in Yakima into a reality worked very hard to make this project happen,” said Recreation Supervisor Traci Bennett. “They really believed in the value of getting a dog park built on the west side of Yakima and pushed to get it done. Yakima is a great place to live and the addition of the dog park at Randall Park makes it even better for dogs and dog lovers,” said Bennett.

The dog park project involved clearing, leveling, and fencing the area. New water service was also extended to the property that is now home to the dog park. New signage, a pathway, and the installation of dog waste bag dispensers were also part of the project. A drinking fountain for dogs were recently added to the park.

Randall Park is already one of Yakima’s most popular outdoor recreation spots. In addition to the new dog park, several improvements are planned at Randall Park. The City is in the midst of the Randall Park Improvement Challenge, a fundraising effort designed to generate $100,000 in donations from the community to match large financial gifts provided in the fall of 2013 by two individual donors. Money from the community fundraising effort will be combined with the two individual donations and a potential state grant to make more than $500,000 in improvements to Randall Park.

If you are interested in contributing to the effort to upgrade Randall Park, send your donation to the Randall Park Improvement Challenge, Yakima Valley Community Foundation, 111 University Parkway, Suite 102, Yakima, Washington, 98901.

Randall Park Dog Park Dedication – News Release

Irrigation System Improvements Nearly Complete

P.O.W. Contracting, Inc., a Pasco-based construction firm, is the primary contractor for an approximately $980,000 project that has improved the irrigation system in several neighborhoods in Yakima.  Work on the West Yakima Irrigation System Phase 2 Improvements project, which began in November of 2014, is nearly complete.

The contractor has completed the installation of all new irrigation mains and services throughout the project area and the system is now operational. Now that local asphalt plants have opened, the contractor will complete the final surface restoration on Summitview Avenue and Cleman Avenue. Asphalt surfacing replacement on Summitview Avenue will include the entire outside westbound lane between North 21st Avenue and North 38th Avenue where trenching took place. Also, final landscape restoration will continue in areas disturbed by installations.

On Wednesday April 15th and Thursday, April 16th, the contractor will be working in Summitview Avenue to lower all of the existing utility structures within the areas to be paved. On Monday April 20th and Tuesday, April 21st, the contractor will complete the asphalt surfacing and then on Wednesday April 22nd and Thursday, April 23rd, the contractor will raise the utility structures.

While the paving operations are underway, construction equipment such as backhoes and dump trucks will be used. Traffic control devices will be used throughout the areas of construction and traffic will be routed around the construction.  Travel will be restricted to one lane in each direction on Summitview Avenue. Although access may be temporarily restricted in the immediate areas of construction, access to homes and businesses in the project area will be maintained as best as possible.

Approximately 5,130 linear feet of new 3-inch and 4-inch high-density polyethylene (“HDPE”) pipe and approximately 7,390 linear feet of new 3-inch to 12-inch polyvinyl chloride (“PVC”) pipe was installed.  More than 200 new irrigation service connections have also been completed as part of the project.

Funding for the project is provided from the City’s Irrigation Capital Improvement budget.

For more information about the project, contact Water/Irrigation Engineer Mike Shane at 576-6480.

West Yakima Irrigation Project – News Release

Portion of Lincoln to be Closed During Sewer Installation

The installation of new sewer service will result in daytime closure of a portion of Lincoln Avenue on Monday, April 13th.

Lincoln between 60th Avenue and 63rd Avenue will be closed to all traffic from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm on April 13th. Detour routes will be in place to allow drivers to avoid the project area.

While the project is underway, drivers can expect delays on roads near 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 when 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 Construction Supervisor Bruce Floyd at 575-6138.

Lincoln Avenue Sewer Project – News Release

Utility Work To Impact Traffic At Busy Yakima Intersection

The installation of a new stormwater manhole will impact drivers at the intersection of 32nd Avenue and Summitview Avenue on Tuesday, April 14th and Wednesday, April 15th.

Westbound traffic on Summitview will be restricted to a single lane in the construction area and 32nd Avenue will be closed on the north side of the intersection during the daytime. Construction activity is scheduled to run from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm..

Drivers are urged to avoid the intersection and use alternate routes if possible. Detours will be in place for 32nd Avenue traffic and access to nearby homes and businesses in the area will be maintained as best as possible.

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 City of Yakima Surface Water Engineer Randy Meloy at 728-6922.