The Cone Zone

Summer is here and crews are busy on a number of improvements for the City of Yakima’s infrastructure. To help you know before you go, City public works projects and related traffic impacts include:

2nd Avenue water line replacement

Crews are replacing and upgrading the water system on S. 2nd Ave between Division St and W. Pine St. Work is scheduled to be complete by August.

Although local access will be maintained, construction activities may temporarily affect properties in the project area. Traffic will be directed around the immediate areas of construction. Temporary road closures may be necessary at times, although detours will be in place to provide local access.

Once the new water system has been installed, there will temporary water outages while the new system is being placed into service. A minimum of 24-hours advance notice will be provided for all scheduled water outages.

Contact Water/Irrigation Manager Mike Shane at 509-576-6480 or for more about the project

Traffic signal upgrades

On June 5th crews began a series of traffic signal head upgrades at intersections over the next several weeks. Intersections listed below will be reduced to a single lane of traffic in each direction, with stop signs posted in all directions.

Traffic impacts for the signal upgrades are scheduled to begin at 6:30 am and by complete by 12 pm. Signals at the intersections will be dark during project work hours

For more information, contact Traffic Operations Supervisor Dan Nickoloff at 509-576-6746.

Nob Hill Blvd paving project

Traffic on Nob Hill Boulevard between 3rd Ave and 16th Ave will be impacted while a grind and overlay paving project is underway. Work began on April 29th and is expected to be complete July 12th. 

Intermittent detour routes around the project area will be in in place and flaggers will be on site to assist in directing traffic.  Work on the project will take place from 7 am to 6 pm each day.

Grinding and overlaying a road involves removing old and deteriorated asphalt and replacing it with new asphalt.  Once the process is completed, the drivability and safety of a road surface is significantly improved.

During the project, traffic delays in the area are likely to occur.  Drivers should use alternate routes if possible until the project is completed

In closing…

  • Please remember to slow down in work zones. Speed limit is 20 mph in all traffic-related work zones.
  • Access to homes and businesses in project areas are maintained as best as possible.
  • Street closures may cause interruptions in scheduled refuse collection. Contact the City of Yakima Refuse Division at 509-575-6005 for more information.
  • Schedules for these projects are subject to change daily dependent on weather, equipment failure and emergencies.
  • See a pothole or an issue with a City street? Let us know at Yak Back | City of Yakima (
  • Thank you for your patience and cooperation!