May 21, 2001
Construction will close Duvall's Bruett Road for six weeks
by Lisa Allen
Valley View Editor
DUVALL - The intersection of Bruett Road and 3rd Ave. NE will be closed beginning June 26 for approximately six weeks, so construction crews can make improvements to the intersection and about 500 feet of Bruett Road to the east, according to city engineers. The intersection is at the top of the steep hill, where NE Stephens St. makes a jog and Bruett Road begins.
City engineers say because Bruett Road is a major arterial and the only road inside the city that accesses the plateau developments, the impact is expected to be significant. There is only one detour route available, said engineer aide Alana McCoy who will be mailing information about the closure to residents expected to be affected by the action.
"The only detour route is Big Rock Road," she said. "Off Big Rock Road, people can access their neighborhoods on 275th, 282nd and Roney Road to Batten Road."
Prior to the closure, a water main installation, also on Stephens Street, will affect motorists. The road will not be closed, but the area will be flagged, and may be down to one lane. The water main installation is expected to begin this week.
"The timing is right on the water main installation," said McCoy. "We wanted to get that in before the road construction begins."
The improvements to the intersection at 3rd Ave. and Bruett Road are the first in a series of three phases of construction work that will widen Bruett Road and add pedestrian and bike lanes. Eventually, the entire road will have 12-foot driving lanes and four-foot bike lanes and five-foot sidewalks on each side.
Assistant City Engineer Kevin Nielsen said the city has the money available for the first phase and grant approval for Phase 2, which includes improvements up to 275th. Phase 3 will tie 275th into 150th.
The intersection improvements in Phase 1 will take out a bump that has reduced sight distance and add more room to the south curve. A fifth access road will also be eliminated.
"The improvements will meet current design standards which will make for a huge increase in pedestrian safety," said Nielsen. "I think everyone will be happy with it."
The final product will still be a three-way stop with a blinking light. Nielsen said the city hopes for Phase 2 to begin next year, but the permitting for that is not finished.
Money for the project will come from a state TIB (Transportation Improvement Board) grant, which the city will match.
Other city projects which should begin this summer include sidewalk installations on the north side of Stephens Street from Main Street to 3rd Ave. and on the east side of Main Street between Ring and Valley.
"That big, open ditch alongside the road next to Family Grocer will be filled," said McCoy. "We received a grant for pedestrian safety to construct a sidewalk there. That will connect Old Town with the grocery store."
McCoy said the city will "piggyback" with King County on an overlay program on some of the roads in the city limits.
"We did a road assessment to decide which roads needed work, and the council approved money for that so those will get fixed," she said.
Overlays will be done on NE 144th, Miller Street, NE 142nd Place, and 279th Lane.
"Those were all old, collector arterials," she said. "They are all worn down from heavy truck traffic. We will try to coordinate so all of them won't be closed at the same time."