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SR 202 and SR 203/NE 124th St Vic to Tolt River Bridge – Paving & ADA

Status

March 2017

 
  • Work was operationally completed in November 2016. Final striping will take place in spring 2017.
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Overview
We will repave areas of SR 202 in Redmond and between Redmond and Fall City. We’ll also repave 5.2 miles of SR 203 between Fall City and Carnation. Crews also will upgrade 17 pedestrian ramps on SR 202 in Redmond.

This work will require nighttime lane, ramp and directional closures.

Why is WSDOT repaving sections of SR 202 and SR 203 and parts of two SR 520 ramps?
We are repaving sections of SR 202 between Fall City and Redmond and SR 203 between Fall City and Carnation because the pavement is worn out. The highways have cracks and ruts in several areas. Repaving will extend the life of the roadway and provide a smooth driving surface for years to come. Upgrading the 17 pedestrian ramps will  provide safer transitions to cross the highways and comply with Americans with Disabilities Act standards.

SR 202 and 203 are heavily used, which contributes to the wear on the highways:

  • About 35,000 vehicles each day use the section of SR 202 between Northeast 70th Street and 176th Street Northeast.
  • About 15,000 to 19,000 vehicles use the other sections of SR 202 daily.
  • About 7,500 to 10,000 vehicles use SR 203 between Fall City and Carnation each day.

Work will take place at:

  • Northeast 124th Street and Northeast 109th Street.
  • Northeast 70th Street and 176th Avenue Northeast.
  • The intersection of SR 202 and 228th Avenue Northeast and vicinity. 
  • The intersection of SR 202 and 244th Avenue NE and vicinity.
  • The intersection of SR 202 and Ames Lake Road and vicinity.
  • The eastbound SR 520 off-ramp to SR 202 and SR 202 on-ramp to SR 520.
  • A 5.2-mile section of SR 203 between Fall City and Carnation.

What are the challenges we face?
Traffic impacts – Keeping traffic and the economy moving during construction are among our top priorities. Lane and ramp closures will generally occur at night to reduce the impact on drivers and local businesses. We worked with the cities of Carnation, Fall City and Redmond as well as King County as we planned the closures. Some drivers and businesses may still be occasionally inconvenienced, but we did our best to balance completing the work successfully with minimizing the impacts to drivers and businesses.
Noise – Grinding the highway, rebuilding pedestrian ramps and paving are noisy. Nearby businesses and residents may hear these sounds during overnight work.
Weather – Paving work must be done in dry weather with the ground temperature at least 45 degrees. Generally, this means the work must be done in the summer and early fall.

What should drivers expect?
Drivers should be prepared for:

  • About three weeks of nighttime directional closures of SR 202 between Northeast 70th Street and 170th Avenue Northeast and on the SR 520 on- and off ramps at SR 202. Signed detours will be provided.
  • About two months of overnight single lane closures at all other areas of SR 202 and SR 203. Flaggers and/or pilot cars will guide traffic through the single-lane closures.
  • Overnight lane closures for pedestrian ramp work.

The End Result
This preservation and improvement work will extend the useful life of the highway for years to come. Drivers will have a smoother, safer ride on these sections of SR 202 and 203, as well as better ADA access.

Project Benefits
Preservation – Repaving these sections of SR 202 and SR 203 will improve the roadway surface and extend the life of each highway.
Safety – Repaving these sections removes ruts, creating a smoother, safer ride for drivers and better ADA access.
Economic – Repairing cracked areas of roadway reduces the chances of potholes developing, reducing the need for costly emergency repairs.

What is the project timeline?
Winter 2016 – Advertise the project for competitive bidding. 
Spring 2016 – Award project.
May 2016 – Construction begins. 
November 2016 – Construction operationally complete.
Spring 2017 – Final striping to be completed. 

Financial Information

Financial Data for PIN 120205B, 120205C, 120306D
Funding Source Amount ($ in thousands)
2003 Gas Tax (Nickel Funding) $0
2005 Gas Tax (TPA) $0
Pre-Existing Funds (PEF) $4,614
CWA $0
Total $4,614

How can I get more information?
Contact:
Tom Pearce
WSDOT communications
206-440-4696
pearcet@wsdot.wa.gov

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