Night work at 61st Ave NE

September 7, 2016

NIGHT WORK AT TRAFFIC SIGNAL ON 61ST AVE NE

Crews are scheduled to complete remaining traffic signal work at 61st Ave NE the evenings of Wednesday, Sept. 7, and Thursday, Sept. 8. Please see below for details on temporary bus lane closures and vehicle detours.

What to expect:

The contractor is scheduled to install illuminated street signs at 61st Ave NE starting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 7, and on Thursday, Sept. 8. During this work, the westbound and eastbound bus lanes will be closed intermittently. Only one bus lane will be closed at a time.

  • The westbound bus lane on SR 522 near 61st Ave NE will be closed first. The southbound right-turn lane at 61st Ave NE and SR 522 will be temporarily closed to vehicles.
  • The eastbound bus lane on SR 522 near 61st Ave NE will be closed second. 61st Ave NE between NE 175th St and SR 522 will be temporarily closed to vehicles.
  • Vehicles will be detoured around the work zone via 65th Ave NE.
  • Access to westbound and eastbound bus stops will be maintained during this work.
  • Night work hours will be from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. 

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You’re invited to the SR 522 Roadway Improvements Project ribbon-cutting ceremony on September 9

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Celebrate the completion of the SR 522 Roadway Improvements Project on September 9!

The City of Kenmore invites you to a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the SR 522 Roadway Improvements Project (61st to 65th Avenues). Thank you to the Kenmore community, including businesses, residents, commuters, and stakeholders, for your patience as we completed work on this project. We hope to see you there!

Event details:

Please join us outdoors at The Vine Church for refreshments and comments from Mayor David Baker and other distinguished speakers.

Date: Friday, Sept. 9
Time: 11 AM – 12 PM
Location: The Vine Church, 6214 Bothell Way NE, Kenmore, WA 98028
Parking will be available at Church of the Redeemer on 62nd Ave NE and NE 181st St.

Honored guests:
Senator David Frockt
Representative Jessyn Farrell
Stephen Uy, District Outreach Coordinator, Office of Governor Jay Inslee
Lorena Eng, NW Region Administrator, State Department of Transportation
Steve Gorcester, Executive Director, State Transportation Improvement Board

RSVPs kindly appreciated but not required.

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Project background:
The City of Kenmore and its partners have worked together to significantly improve safety, aesthetics, pedestrian mobility, and water quality along Kenmore’s SR 522 corridor. The City’s corridor improvements are complete from the east City limits to NE 61st Avenue NE.

Construction of the SR 522 Roadway Improvements Project West Segment A (61st Ave NE to 65th Avenues) began in April 2015. Project key features include new sidewalks, curbs, a raised center median, traffic signal upgrades at 61st Ave NE, retaining walls, widened traffic lanes, and underground utilities.

 

Bi-monthly construction update

Overview

Work on SR 522 is nearly complete! The bus lanes on both sides of SR 522 are now open. Thank you for your patience as we work to complete final construction activities. Over the next few weeks, you can expect:

  • Final corrective punch list and cleanup work.
  • Installing a handrail at 61st Ave NE.
  • Installing backlit street name signs on traffic signal arms (work will take place late evening on Thursday, July 7).

Before and After 

Below are some before and after photos of construction, including:

  • Retaining wall near Bethany Bible Church and center median on SR 522.
  • 61st Ave NE south of SR 522.
  • Sidewalk improvements along SR 522 and 61st Ave NE.

Keep an eye out for more photos when final cleanup is complete!

Ribbon-cutting in September:

The City of Kenmore plans to host a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the SR 522 Roadway Improvements project in September. This event will be free and open to the public. Stay tuned for more details coming this summer.

Keeping you informed:

Please contact Kent Vaughan, Project Manager at (425) 398-8900.

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Bi-monthly construction update

Overview

Asphalt paving and median work on SR 522 is complete! Thank you for your patience as we work to complete final construction activities.

The construction team will continue work through the end of June, including:

  • Final utility work on both sides of SR 522.
  • Painting retaining walls on both sides of SR 522.
  • Installing traffic sensor loops at SR 522 and 61st Ave NE.
  • Final striping and lane channelization at night on SR 522.
  • Final cleanup work.

Night work on SR 522 

The team will be working at night for approximately two more weeks to install traffic sensor loops and to stripe the lanes on SR 522.

  • Typical night work hours are between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m.
  • The bus lanes on both sides of SR 522 are closed until striping is complete.
  • Flaggers and a police officer will direct drivers safely through the area.

South side of SR 522:

  • The team plans to install a handrail on 61st Ave NE south of SR 522 in July.

Both sides of SR 522:

  • The team will be raising utility covers to complete final utility work.
  • The team will paint the retaining walls.

All work zones:

  • Flaggers will direct drivers to safely access businesses and detours.
  • Typical daytime work hours: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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Bi-monthly construction update

Overview

The construction team will continue work over the next few weeks, including:

  • Landscaping and planting work on both sides of SR 522 and in the raised center median.
  • Final asphalt paving at night on SR 522.

Night work on SR 522 

Next week, the SR 522 construction team is scheduled to begin night work for final asphalt paving on SR 522 between 61st Ave NE and 65th Ave NE.

  • Night work will last approximately 3-4 weeks during weeknights (Monday through Thursday).
  • Typical work hours will be between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m.

The team plans to shift traffic lanes on SR 522 and close 61st Ave NE, 62nd Ave NE and 63rd Ave NE intermittently at night as part of this work. Read below for more details.

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Progress continues on the raised center median (image taken 5/18/2016).

What to expect

All work zones:

  • Flaggers will direct drivers to safely access businesses and detours.
  • Typical work hours: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • Crews will not be working on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30.

Final paving work at night on SR 522:

  • The construction team will be doing nighttime paving work on SR 522 starting May 23 and lasting approximately 3-4 weeks depending on weather.
  • Construction activities will include asphalt grinding and paving between 61st Ave NE and 65th Ave NE, as well as saw cutting on 61st Ave NE.
  • Neighbors can expect noise from grinding activities the first few nights, and some noise from backup alarms on trucks.
  • Traffic will be shifted to one side of SR 522 and reduced to one lane in each direction.
  • The team plans to close 61st Ave NE, 62nd Ave NE and 63rd Ave NE intermittently at night as part of this work.

South side of SR 522:

  • The eastbound bus lane will continue to be temporarily used as a general purpose lane during raised center median work.
  • Treatments will be added to the crossing of 61st Ave NE and the Burke-Gilman Trail south of SR 522 in order to improve visibility.

North side of SR 522:

  • The westbound bus lane will continue to be temporarily used as a general purpose lane during raised center median work.

Raised center median work:

  • The construction team will continue work on the raised center median on SR 522, including planting and irrigation. This is the final phase of work and is scheduled to last through June.
  • During the median work, the bus lanes on both sides of SR 522 will continue to be temporarily used as general purpose lanes.
  • The center turn lane will be permanently replaced with a median to help increase safety and aesthetics of the area.

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