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WSDOT crews measure how steep the existing pedestrian ramp is at the corner of Griffin Ave. (SR 164) and Pioneer Street.
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Concrete sections of the old highway peek out from beneath cracked asphalt on SR 164.
Here's the intersection of Watson Street and SR 410 (Roosevelt Avenue), looking south. WSDOT will install a traffic signal in this location.
- Closures of eastbound SR 164 may occur daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastbound drivers will follow a short detour around the closure.
- Most paving work is complete.
- Construction of the new signal at Watson Street/SR 410 is underway. The new signal is tentatively scheduled to begin operation in late December or January 2015.
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Decades of use, combined with abandoned railroad tracks and a section of buried 100-year-old broken concrete, have caused the pavement along 1.5 miles of State Route 164 (Griffin Avenue) in Enumclaw to crack and separate. This summer, crews will repair the state route and repave the roadway for drivers.
In addition to paving, WSDOT also will upgrade most of the pedestrian sidewalk ramps on the route, and install a new traffic signal at the intersection of SR 410 and Watson Street North.
Why is WSDOT
repaving SR 164 through Enumclaw, upgrading the pedestrian ramps and installing a new traffic signal?
- This section of roadway was last paved in 1998. The pavement is broken and cracked in many areas.
- Cracked and rutted pavement can cause vehicle damage if not repaired or replaced.
- Over the years, WSDOT maintenance crews have sealed the large cracks and patched potholes to help hold the roadway together. Now it is time for a longer-lasting fix.
New traffic signal at SR 410 and Watson Street interchange
- The current pedestrian ramps were last upgraded in the late 1980s and 90s. Since then, guidelines set by the American Disabilities Act (ADA) require a more gradual, less steep ramp from the sidewalk to the street.
- Traffic studies show a steady increase in vehicle and pedestrian traffic in this area since 2009.
- The intersection has now reached the point where a traffic signal with dedicated turn arrows onto SR 410 is needed to preserve safety.
The End Result
To extend the life of the highway and smooth the roadway for drivers, we will:
- Grind out all of the existing asphalt.
- Remove buried concrete panels and abandoned railroad tracks.
- Rebuild the subgrade where needed.
- Repave both directions between High Point Street and SR 410.
In addition to repaving the roadway, WSDOT will:
- Upgrade 90 pedestrian ramps to comply with 2014 ADA standards.
- Install crosswalks and a traffic signal at the junction of SR 410 and Watson Street.
- A smoother driving surface
- Reduced maintenance costs
- Improved pedestrian and driver safety
What is the project timeline?
- We advertised this project for competitive bidding in February 2014.
- We awarded this project to ICON Materials on March 17, 2014.
- Construction is scheduled to began May 5, 2014.
- September 2014 - Expected completion
|Financial Data for PIN 116409C, 141011E
||Amount ($ in thousands)
|2003 Gas Tax (Nickel Funding)
|2005 Gas Tax (TPA)
|Pre-Existing Funds (PEF)
Project signage will reflect the cost of construction engineering, project bid award and sales tax.
Total project cost: $3,859,495
How can I get more information?
WSDOT Project Engineer
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