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Busy construction season on US 195 revs up in May

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 09:09

Al Gilson, WSDOT Communications
Eastern Region
2714 N. Mayfair
Spokane, WA 99207-2090

US 195 between Pullman and Spokane will be a very busy highway this year with four large highway pavement jobs under construction. Two asphalt paving jobs will begin in Whitman County. In addition, an asphalt paving project and a concrete rehabilitation job are slated for Spokane County.

Contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will handle the tasks with four work zones spread over a 76-mile section of highway.

Project details

US 195/SR 27 (Pullman) to Babbitt Road — This asphalt resurfacing project is scheduled to begin in mid-May. It’s expected to take about seven weeks to complete. This is daytime work and drivers should expect delays with flaggers and pilot cars directing single-lane, alternating traffic. One important note: In the north half of the project, the base asphalt layer will be paved with a “cold, in-place, recycled pavement” process. This process requires a curing period before traffic can drive on the fresh asphalt. There may be times when the lane is closed but no active work seems to be underway.

US 195/Colfax to Dry Creek Road — This is an eight week asphalt paving job with a planned start -in mid-June. Work is scheduled for evening and overnight hours to help reduce the delays for drivers. The project includes repaving Main Street in downtown Colfax. There will be some daytime lane restrictions near the railroad crossing at the north end of Colfax.

US 195/Plaza to Cornwall Road — A mid-July start is planned for this asphalt paving project. It’s expected to take five weeks to complete. This is daytime work and drivers should expect delays with flaggers and pilot cars directing single-lane, alternating traffic.

US 195/Excelsior Road to Interstate 90 — This 16-week project begins in mid-July. The project will improve the southbound lanes of US 195 using several techniques. Some concrete panels will be removed and replaced. Contractor crews will also jack panels which involves pumping grout under the concrete panel to bring it up to the same level as the thers. Cracks in other concrete panels will be sealed. . After the repair work, the entire surface of the concrete will be ground smooth. One lane of southbound US 195 will be open at all times. There may be some minor disruptions to traffic near the on/off ramps and intersections.

WSDOT works with contractors to keep work zone delays to 20 minutes or less; however, sometimes very heavy traffic volumes make that difficult to achieve.

“We know it can be tough on drivers when roadwork is underway and the crews will work to limit the effects on traveler’s schedules,” said Keith Metcalf, WSDOT Eastern Region administrator. “These sections are past due for surfacing work and funding for these four projects became available this year. We don’t want to miss the opportunity to get this work done. Maintaining and preserving the pavement on US 195 extends its lifespan so drivers can use it for many years to come.”

In addition, start dates on the four projects were staggered to help with traffic impacts. WSDOT also delayed the start of work until after the WSU spring semester ends on May 8.

Drivers can view a map of all four projects on the US 195-2015 construction website. Drivers can also keep up to date on project progress by visiting the Weekly Construction and Traffic Update website and the WSDOT Traffic Alerts website.

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