Road Resurfacing Project to Impact Traffic on Major City Streets

An ongoing project to resurface several key sections of Yakima streets this year will impact traffic on sections of 16th Avenue, 40th Avenue, Walnut Street and Tieton Drive next week.

Tieton Drive between 32nd Avenue to 40th Avenue will be closed overnight (8:00 pm to 6:00 am) to all through traffic, from Tuesday, September 3rd to Friday, September 6th. Curb lane closures will be in place during the day for concrete work.

40th Avenue between Tieton Drive and Summitview Avenue will have lane restrictions in place overnight (8:00 pm to 6:00 am) from Tuesday, September 3rd to Friday, September 6th while utilities in the area are relocated.

Work on Walnut Street between 1st Street and 6th Street and 16th Avenue from Englewood to River Road will have restricted travel lanes in place (8:00 pm to 6:00 am) for asphalt paving on Wednesday, September 4th to Friday, September 6th.

The City is spending $5 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.

The majority of work being done on the grind and overlay project will take place overnight in order to reduce impact to traffic.

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 next week’s grind and overlay project activity:

Contact:  Senior Engineer Bob Desgrosellier – 575-6228

                  Communications & Public Affairs Director Randy Beehler – 901-1142

Grind and Overlay Update – News Release pdf