Kris Olsen, WSDOT communications, 206-440-4704
John Chi, project engineer, 425-225-8741
CLEARVIEW – The final drive to complete paving on State Route 9 in the Clearview area will begin Saturday, Oct. 12. Drivers can expect to see contractor crews for the Washington State Department of Transportation paving during the day and evening between 212th and 176th Streets Southeast as they race to put down the final layer of asphalt before the fall storms arrive.
To give contractor crews space to pave, and keep traffic moving, a series of traffic shifts will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, and remain in effect for next seven days. This approach will ensure one lane of traffic in each direction remains open during paving, however, there will be times when turns at key intersections will be restricted. Driveways may also be briefly blocked as paving crews and equipment pass by. These areas will be controlled by uniformed law enforcement officers or flaggers.
September typically is one of the busiest months for paving, but record rainstorms prevented crews from working. However, nighttime temperatures are now dropping into the low 40s. When the temperature drops below 45 degrees, the asphalt cools too quickly to be properly compacted for a good road surface.
“We regret that we have to schedule daytime closures, but we need to get this finished before winter sets in,” said WSDOT Project Engineer John Chi. “We would like to thank drivers in advance for their cooperation.”
Once the paving is finished, crews will temporarily stripe the highway to its final configuration and reach an important milestone: two lanes of traffic open in both directions in time for winter. Within weeks of the temporary restriping crews will begin building a raised center median and U-turn locations.
When complete, this project will create a four-lane divided highway increasing SR 9’s capacity and reducing the risk of serious collisions.