Aurora Corridor: Construction update week of July 4

Monday, July 5, 2010

No construction on July 5
Construction will not occur on Monday (7/5) in recognition of Independence Day. Construction will resume on Tuesday (7/7).

Paving continues; single lane closure on Aurora at night
Last week, crews laid the base layers of asphalt in the construction work zone along the east side of Aurora between N 165th and N 170th Streets. Paving was planned to continue on Thursday night (7/1) but was rescheduled due to rain. On Tuesday night (7/6), crews will lay asphalt between N 170th and N 175th Streets. On Wednesday and Thursday nights (7/7 and 7/8), paving will occur between N 175th and N 185th Streets. Asphalt requires time to cool, so conducting this work at night will help maintain access to businesses during the day.

A single northbound lane on Aurora will be closed at night to provide enough room to safely complete this base paving. The work zone will not yet be open to general traffic or pedestrians. Work is expected to begin around 8:00 p.m. and continue until approximately 6:00 a.m.

Joint utility trench installation (JUT) across Midvale Avenue; night and daytime closures
Crews will trench from the underground utility vault at the northwest corner of Midvale Avenue and N 175th Street to vaults located further east on N 175th, just east of City Hall. Midvale Avenue between N 175th and N 178th Streets will be completely closed at night on Tuesday and Wednesday (7/6 and 7/7) in order to dig across Midvale Avenue. Local access to apartments will be maintained; drivers and pedestrians should follow the direction of flaggers and detour signs.

A single westbound lane of N 175th Street will be closed during the day (between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.) and night this week to provide enough room to complete this work. JUT installation is expected to take approximately two weeks.

Forming and pouring concrete sidewalks, driveways and bus pads
Crews completed substantial sections of concrete sidewalks and bus pads last week on the east side of Aurora between N 165th and N 175th Streets. Concrete work will continue this week in this area. Concrete requires precise grading and time for pouring and curing, but crews will continue to maintain access to businesses by working on one side of a driveway at a time. This means driveways will be narrow, so please drive carefully in and out of businesses. Concrete work is expected to take another week or two in this area.

Concrete work will also continue between N 175th and N 185th Streets, with curb and bus pad installation on the east side of Aurora.

Vault work at N 185th Street
Vault installation will continue on N 185th Street.

Coming soon: Construction on the west side of Aurora
Currently, crews expect to complete the major pieces of construction on the east side of Aurora and switch over to the west side of Aurora within the next few weeks. Stay tuned for more information about the schedule and traffic lane shifts.

Ronald Place changes
Ronald Place is expected to be opened from Aurora to Top Foods after work shifts to the west side of Aurora. Ronald Place is being constructed to serve as driveway access for small businesses and Top Foods. Ronald Place will no longer provide a “shortcut” route from Aurora to N 175th Street, as new Bus Access and Transit (BAT) lanes will provide better access for drivers turning right onto N 175th Street from Aurora.

Please contact the 24-hour hotline at (206) 801-2485 or email if you feel there is an unsafe situation on the roadway. 


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