Note: The county says it initially issued the incorrect days work will take place. Construction is scheduled 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
Pierce County will begin work on some major road projects near the Fox Island bridge next week.
The county says drivers should expect delays of up to 20 minutes.
“Weather permitting, Warren Drive will be closed between 27th Street Court Northwest and 70th Avenue Northwest starting (Monday) May 11,” according to the county’s press release. “It is scheduled to partially reopen June 8. The intersection of 32nd Street NW and 70th Avenue NW will also be completely closed over one weekend during this four-week period. A detour route will be marked.”
Work hours are scheduled from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
Here is the county’s full press release:
May 4, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
People who travel to and from Fox Island will encounter road construction on the mainland side of the Fox Island bridge from May through the first of October. The Warren Drive project will complete road improvements that were begun last fall.
Weather permitting, Warren Drive will be closed between 27th Street Court NW and 70th Avenue NW starting May 11. It is scheduled to partially reopen June 8. The intersection of 32nd Street NW and 70th Avenue NW will also be completely closed over one weekend during this four-week period. A detour route will be marked.
Drivers are advised to plan ahead and expect delays of up to 20 minutes. Local traffic needing to travel through the work zone will receive assistance from flaggers and signs.
The road closure will allow for the roadway to be excavated to a depth of about three feet and rebuilt in the shortest amount of time. After the four-week closure, construction to complete the new road will continue in segments from east to west through October 1.
"We know that access routes to Fox Island are extremely limited. This work has been planned to minimize delays and complete the project in the quickest possible time," explained Pierce County Construction Engineer Henry Gertje. "We greatly appreciate the patience of drivers during this construction."
Updated information as the project progresses will be provided via electronic message boards at the site as well as online at www.piercecountywa.org/warrendrive and Twitter.com/PierceCo.
The primary purpose of the project is to improve sight distance and road safety. The road will be brought up to current rural two-lane road standards with six-foot paved shoulders. Asphalt curbs, guardrails, enclosed storm drainage and a stormwater treatment system are also included.
Pierce County has contracted with Ceccanti Incorporated of Tacoma to carry out the project. Work hours are Monday through Thursday between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Inspectors will be on site during work hours.
Contact: Henry Gertje, Public Works and Utilities Construction Engineer, 253-798-6826; or Gloria Van Spanckeren, Public Works and Utilities PIO, 253-798-4688.
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