The Cone Zone

Summer is here and crews are busy on a number of improvements. To help you know before you go, current projects and related traffic impacts include:

Nob Hill Blvd re-opening schedule

Nob Hill Blvd between Pleasant Ave and 10th Ave is closed Monday, July 22, and is scheduled to re-open Tuesday, July 23rd. The closure is for road repairs following a water main break in the area on July 17th.

Naches Avenue closures

Starting Monday, July 22nd, Russell Crane will remove the Buckingham apartment building that sustained significant fire damage earlier this year.

As a result, Naches Avenue between E. Walnut Street and E. Spruce Street will be closed:

  • 24/7 Monday through Friday, July 22-26
  • Weekdays, 6 am to 2:30 pm, July 29 through Aug. 23

Detours will be posted and access will be maintained for residents in the area.

Chip sealing program

The City of Yakima Streets Division began its annual chip sealing program on July 15th.

This year’s project will be completed in the following order:

  • First Street east to Fair Avenue
  • East Maple Street to Nob Hill Boulevard

The project is expected to last about eight weeks and is expected to conclude the first week of September. Crews will be working in the project areas from 6 am to 4 pm, Monday through Thursday.

There will be no on-street parking in the project areas while chip sealing is underway.

“We will be putting out no parking signs and flyers on vehicles in the roadway the day before crews will be there,” said Street Maintenance Supervisor Jay Kendall. “If residents see ‘no parking’ signs in their area we ask them to not park on the road during chip sealing. The public’s cooperation is much appreciated.”

The City also asks residents to please keep irrigation water off of the chip seal so oil will set up properly.

Flaggers will assist drivers access homes and businesses and also assist emergency vehicles through the work areas as needed. There will be intermittent road closures and detours during the project.

Contact Street Maintenance Supervisor Jay Kendall at 509-576-6443 for more about the City of Yakima’s chip sealing program.

Traffic signal upgrades

A series of traffic signal head upgrades are underway 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 overnight closures for paving project

Nob Hill Blvd will be closed between 4th Ave and 16th Ave from 7 pm to 6 am for grinding and paving operations. Local access and business access will remain open. 

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!