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September, 2014
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 Almost There!

An update on the Yelm Highway construction project.

Completion of the Yelm Highway project is in sight! Although there’s substantial work yet to be done, great progress has been made. The illumination system from Boulevard Road to Rich is up and running; the vehicle video detection at Rich Road is also operational and has really helped traffic flow.

The contractor is finishing curbs in the median east of Boulevard Road and at the edges of Yelm Highway from Donovan to Rich Road. Once curbs are in, the contractor will continue with sidewalk and other flat work. Landscaping and sign installation will also continue, but all other road work will wait until a spell of good weather this spring. At that time, isolated sections will be repaired, and then the entire road from the Boulevard roundabout to Rich Road will be overlaid with the final lift of asphalt. Pavement markings will go down at the same time.

Traffic Impacts


When curbs are poured, flaggers will guide traffic through the work zone. Traffic delays are anticipated until curbs are completed. Another period of traffic delays will occur during repairs of pavement sections. Also expect significant delays during paving of Yelm Highway between Boulevard and Rich roads. We’ll continue to post to the blog and twitter to help inform your travel decisions.

Hours


Contractors expect to return to spring/summer hours by late March: 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., M-F. Traffic control is installed before and removed after these hours. Project demands may call for extended hours on occasion. Schedule changes will be posted on the blog, (details below) and local reader boards when possible.

More Information


Information, including construction updates and travel advisories, is available at theYelm Highway Blog. You’ll also find a convenient link to Twitter services that will give you access to up-to-the-minute traffic conditions on Yelm Highway.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation!

By Keith Eisner

The project area from the air. The project area from the air.