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The construction area begins at 8th Street and extends south on Meridian Ave. E. to 36th St. E.
- On Tuesday, Oct. 29, crews will replace existing 40 mile-per-hour speed limit signs with new 35 mile-per-hour speed limit signs along a two-mile segment of SR 161 between 36th Street East and the King/Pierce County line. The lowered speed limit is permanent and will be enforceable as soon as the signs are posted.
- Crews are working from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each Monday through Friday. Expect short-term traffic stops for trucks entering and exiting the roadway, and periodic one-way alternating traffic.
- During night hours, motorists can expect traffic switches with short-term traffic stops for trucks and equipment entering the work site. Flaggers and law enforcement personnel will provide traffic control.
- Crews are constructing earth walls, grading, and erosion control work. Paving will be off the existing roadway on the newly-widened area between the road and the new curb and gutter on SR 161 from 24th Street to Milton Way, mileposts 32 to 34.
- WSDOT, the City of Edgewood, Tri-State and local Legislators gathered at the Edgewood City Hall September 28, 2011 for a ceremonial groundbreaking. Check out photos of the event.
Why is WSDOT
building this project?
Traffic volumes along the SR 161 corridor in Edgewood (currently one through lane each direction with a center turn lane) have steadily increased in recent years, resulting in congestion, delays and collisions. This project improves safety and eases congestion by adding lanes and managing access.
The End Result
Improved mobility and safety benefits motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians traveling the SR 161 corridor through Edgewood.
Improvements for the first phase includes adding one through-lane each direction from 24th Street to Milton Way (1.2 miles), as well as sidewalks, and 4-foot shoulders to accommodate bicycles.
Additionally, access points (driveways) to the highway will be consolidated and defined. A new traffic signal will be built at the intersection with 16th Street.
The final facility will be five lanes (two through lanes each direction plus a center turn lane), with paved shoulders, curbs and sidewalks on both sides. Four foot wide planter strips will be provided between the curb and sidewalks.
- Mobility. Additional lanes ease traffic congestion.
- Safety. New turn lanes, improved signals and managed access points improve safety.
What is the project timeline?
- Phase 1 construction began September 2011.
- Phase 1 completion by spring 2014.
- Phase 2 for right of way purchase -- from 36th St. E. to 24th St. E. -- is scheduled between 2025-2026.
- Phase 2 construction is scheduled to commence in 2027.
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Project signage will reflect the cost of construction engineering, project bid award and sales tax.
How can I get more information?
Claudia Bingham Baker
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