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 Yelm Highway Project Update:

Construction to Begin Mid-June.

Groundbreaking: Thurston County Commissioners, Olympia Mayor Doug Mah and other local officials broke ground for the Yelm Highway Improvement Project on May 6. Residents joined officials in celebration of the beginning of the $13.5 million project that will improve Yelm Highway between Henderson Boulevard and Rich Road.

Project features: Widening of Yelm Highway will provide an extra travel lane in each direction, sidewalks and bike lanes. Two roundabouts, one at Boulevard Road and one at Brassfield Street, will also be constructed. Planter strips and islands will be installed in some locations. In conjunction with the county project, the City of Olympia will upgrade sewer and water utilities in the area.

Project History: The County designed the project following the “East-West Corridor Study,” conducted in 1998 for Thurston County and its cities. The study identified Yelm Highway as the most feasible east-west corridor in the county, provided it be widened from two lanes to four and include other improvements.

Contractor Selected: On May 18, the county awarded the contract for the Yelm Highway Improvement Project to the construction company of Miles Resources LLC, Woodworth and Company. The Tacoma-base firm is no stranger to Thurston County projects, having performed work on Vail Road, the Connor Road Bridge and Yelm Highway. The contractor is expected to begin construction by mid-June. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2012.

Traffic Impacts: Motorists can expect delays as lane restrictions will be in place at various times and locations throughout construction. “Traffic delays are inevitable in a project of this size,” says Project Engineer Theresa Parsons, “however, the county and our contractor will do everything within our power to keep delays to a minimum. We will give advance notice of significant delays whenever possible. We advise commuters to build in extra time into their travel plans, and to consider alternate routes when possible.”

Construction Hours: Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For More Information:

  • Thurston County Public Works: 754-4580
  • Receive fast-breaking project news via Twitter: information at the blog site listed above.
  • Also—look for reader board signs along the construction site.


Road Realignment

  • State Transportation Improvement Board $3.9 Million
  • Thurston County $2.4 M
  • Federal Funds $1.6 M
  • City of Olympia $821,000
  • Intercity Transit $15,000

Olympia Utilities

  • Sewer: $3.8 Million
  • Water: $1 M

Project Total: $13.5 Million

In the first photo- Left to right, Olympia Mayor Doug Mah, Tumwater City Council member Ed Stanley, County Commissioners Karen Valenzuela, Cathy Wolfe and Sandra Romero, Intercity Transit General Manager Mike Harbour.

By Keith Eisner

Officials turn the dirt for Yelm Highway. Officials turn the dirt for Yelm Highway.

Many months of work ahead. Many months of work ahead.