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Traffic Advisory: Duvall Avenue NE to Close June 5

Date: May 30, 2008

For more information contact:

Preeti Shridhar, Communications Director 425-430-6569

Road Improvements and Utility Upgrades Planned

RENTON:  Beginning June 5, 2008 the City of Renton will close Duvall Avenue NE to through-traffic between Sunset Blvd. (SR 900) and SE 95th Way. The road will remain closed through approximately July 2009. Local access is available from Sunset Blvd. to SE 107th, but the road will be closed from SE 107th to SE 95th Way.  The detour route for traffic will be NE Sunset Boulevard (SR 900) and I-405. Drivers are encouraged to plan ahead and use the detour routes.

Residential use and freight traffic has increased considerably on the Duvall/Coal Creek Parkway Corridor, which is now a major through-route between Renton and Bellevue. This project, along with the recently completed Renton Sunset/Duvall intersection project and improvements to Coal Creek Parkway in Newcastle, will improve safety and ease congestion from Renton to Bellevue. The planned improvements include:

  • Widening the road to five lanes, including a two-way left-turn lane in the center
  • Converting overhead power lines to underground lines in anticipation of added safety during storms and emergencies
  • Adding a new traffic signal at Duvall Ave. and NE 21 St
  • Adding new bicycle lanes
  • Adding new sidewalks
  • Adding new curbs and gutters

The Renton City Council approved the closure as the option that allows the construction to be completed in the least amount of time and prioritizes safety during construction, minimizing impacts to surrounding neighborhoods. The $10,081,569 contract for the project was awarded to the low bidder Northwest Cascade, Inc. Originally scheduled for June 2, 2008, the start date was delayed slightly to June 5, 2008, because the contractor had to wait for State approval of the required stormwater pollution prevention plan before work could commence.

City staff will keep the community informed of progress, minimize impacts, and provide regular project updates at duvall.rentonwa.gov, the project website. The city will also be installing special signs indicating access to local businesses in June.

For maps, additional information on detour routes and to find out more about Renton’s major construction and transportation projects, go to rentonwa.gov.

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