SR 155/215 Omak Area - Paving - Complete October 2014


October 2014

Construction started April 21 and was complete in October.

As construction began, a significant public outreach effort was initiated including an open house held April 23 at the WSDOT Maintenance Facility in Okanogan. Read the news release.

WSDOT engineering and maintenance staff as well as Granite Construction and several subcontractors answered questions from more than a dozen residents and business owners. Weary of the non-stop water system and sewer system work underway for more than a year, attendees appeared relieved with provisions in this project to maintain access to businesses, as well as pedestrian traffic on sidewalks and vehicle traffic during nighttime paving.

These (P-1) Highway Capital Preservation-Roadway Paving and Safety Restoration Program projects extends the pavement life of SR 155 and SR 215 and upgraded signage, striping, sidewalk and other roadway features.

Why is WSDOT Paving and improving these sections of SR 155 and SR 215?
This roadway was in need of pavement restoration due to the deterioration of the existing asphalt from normal traffic use.  Existing sidewalk ramps didn't meet current American's with Disabilities Act standards. Striping and other pavement markings were in need of restoration. 

This project paved 6-1/4 miles of SR 215 from US 97 in Omak through Okanogan to the junction with SR 20. Besides grinding and paving the driving lanes with hot mix asphalt, the project also included more than 130 sidewalk improvements, new street lights, updated traffic signal controls for pedestrians, new signs and striping as well as drainage and electrical upgrades.

(SR 215 includes Grape Ave. E., Riverside Dr. E., Main St. and 4th Ave. W. in Omak, Okoma Rd. that becomes 2nd Ave. NW. in Okanogan).

Work began in Okanogan with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) upgrades adding ramps and other features to the sidewalks to accommodate wheelchairs and vision impaired pedestrians.

Concrete “Bulb Outs” at several intersections were constructed to improve pedestrian visibility and providing a safe area not blocked by parked vehicles. Decorative pavers to match existing commercial themes were also included.

That work and the street light, signal and drainage upgrades extended to late June.

From then to September, the actual grinding and paving was done, followed by installation of the new signs, striping and intersection pavement markings.

During the first two months, the biggest impact was on pedestrians as they are detoured around the sidewalk demolition and reconstruction as for vehicular traffic there was only some occasional short lane closures at intersections while the concrete was poured.

Grinding and paving was done at night to impact traffic as little as possible.


The End Result
The roadway is improved with stronger asphalt to preserve its load carrying capacity. Sidewalk ramps are upgraded to current ADA standards. New pavement markings were installed for both vehicular and pedestrian traffic.

Project Benefits

  • Extends roadway life
  • Upgrades safety features
  • Provides a smoother driving surface
  • Improves access for pedestrians and people with disabilities


What is the project timeline?
Construction was scheduled for 75 working days (7 months) starting April 21 with completion in October.

Financial Information
The project was advertised for private contractor bids Dec. 9, 2013. Two qualifying bids were opened on Jan. 30, 2014 and on Feb. 19 contract #8567 was awarded to Granite Construction Company for $3,184,187.96, 1% over the engineering estimate.

This project is funded through the following sources:

  • Pre-existing funds: $3.74 million
  • Total funding from all sources: $3.74 million


Financial Information

Financial Data for PIN 215500C, 221500A
Funding Source Amount ($ in thousands)
2003 Gas Tax (Nickel Funding) $0
2005 Gas Tax (TPA) $0
Pre-Existing Funds (PEF) $3,319
CWA $0
Total $3,319


How can I get more information?

Kevin Waligorski, Project Engineer
WSDOT North Central Region Project Office
2830 Euclid Avenue Building A
Wenatchee, WA 98801-5916
(509) 667-2860, or toll-free 1-888-461-8816

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Nearly 8 miles of SR 215 and SR 155 in Omak and Okanogan were paved in this project.

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ADA ramp installation at SR-215 (2nd St.) and Pine in Okanogan in April.

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This pavement was restored, sidewalks improved and new pavement markings installed on SR 215/Riverside Drive in Omak.