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Summer Paving in Tumwater
Street improvement and maintenance work is underway in Tumwater. While this summer’s Pavement Maintenance Project is citywide, it is not as extensive as last year’s project. The citywide work is scheduled to begin in mid-June with an anticipated completion date in early August. Specific road and neighborhood project updates will be announced throughout the summer.
Most street projects are expected to be completed in 1-3 days. Road construction work will typically take place Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. All road work is subject to weather conditions, and the order of work may change due to equipment availability.
While these projects are necessary they will cause occasional traffic delays. City staff considers how traffic will be affected and works with the contractor to help minimize congestion, disruption to drivers and impacts to adjacent residents and businesses. However, disruptions are unavoidable and this work will impact traffic and access to homes and businesses during construction.
Road projects selected for repair or overlay in 2018 with these primary factors in mind: high traffic and/or life-line routes, road segments with recurring issues, and road segments damaged during winter freezing and thawing.
Please keep in mind the schedule for all street maintenance projects is subject to change due to weather conditions, contractor equipment availability, emergencies or other unforeseen interruptions. This may impact the order in which the streets are scheduled for repair.
Road segments and neighborhoods scheduled for improvement include:
- Miner Drive median
- Middle Street
- Case Road
- Capitol Boulevard (northbound, Capitol Bridge to Custer Way)
- RW Johnson Boulevard
- 29th Avenue
- 70th Avenue
- Gold Creek Drive
- Miner Drive
- Old Highway 99
- Israel Road Bridge
Overlay, inlay, or repair work of these streets consists of 5,500 tons of hot mix asphalt, 17,500 square yards of planning bituminous pavement, 100,000 lineal feet of crack seal, traffic control, pavement markings and other work.
Find location information on the 2018 Pavement Maintenance Map
Road Work Ahead
We appreciate your patience during construction. Please slow down and drive at the posted speed limit in construction zones.
- Familiarize yourself with the scheduled work and plan your trip accordingly.
- Expect traffic delays, detours and construction noise between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.
- Drivers are advised to use alternate routes during paving hours.
- Roads will remain open and restricted to flagger-controlled, one-lane traffic and reduced lanes.
- Follow all instructions provided by traffic control including flaggers and signs while work is in progress.
- On days when work is scheduled, all vehicles and other objects must be cleared from the street.
- Project work on any particular street will be short-term, lasting from part of a day to about a week.
- Weather and other factors will impact the project work schedule.
There are many ways to stay connected and keep informed about specific road segments and neighborhood paving projects.
Stay Connected, Keep Informed
City staff will deliver flyers to specific neighborhoods a few days prior to road work. Plan your route around road construction and traffic incidents with Construction & Traffic Alerts. The City provides email updates on the Pavement Maintenance project to keep you informed.
Sign Up today for Construction & Traffic Alerts.
Contact the City of Tumwater Public Works Department at (360) 754-4140 with construction questions or concerns.
Transportation Benefit District: Promises Made, Promises Kept
Transportation infrastructure is one of the City's most valuable investments. The Transportation Benefit District (TBD) was formed by the City Council in 2014 to replace the transportation funding used to preserve, maintain and expand the transportation infrastructure. In 2015, Tumwater voters approved a .02% sales and use tax for a period of ten years to fund street and sidewalk improvements, through the TBD.
Future projects will include additional focus on preservation. The City anticipates completing over $12,000,000 worth of road repair projects over the next 8 years.
Each year the City provides citizens of Tumwater with transportation improvement costs, expenditures, revenues, and construction schedules in the TBD annual report.