ROAD CLOSURE EXTENSION FOR CARPENTER ROAD SE
LACEY, WA, October 31, 2011: Carpenter Road SE will remain closed to through traffic between Pacific Avenue SE and Martin Way E until January 31, 2012. The road was originally scheduled to re-open on November 11, 2011. The extended road closure will allow completion of most of the work in the traveled portion of the roadway, minimize impacts to the public, and shorten the overall length of the construction project.
Carpenter Road SE was originally closed to traffic in May 2011 to install a new arch culvert and retaining wall system at the Lois Lake crossing. Despite a wet summer and complicated utility work, the lake crossing was completed, as well as a significant portion of the utility systems and retaining walls along the corridor. However, there is still work remaining in the roadway, including asphalt grinding, grading, and installation of a reclaimed water main. The road closure extension will allow most of the work in the traveled portion of the roadway to be completed before the road is re-opened. The project was originally expected to be complete by January 2013. The extended road closure will accelerate the planned completion of the entire project to as early as Spring 2012.
Local access to Malibu Drive SE, the west leg of 6th Avenue SE, and driveways along the corridor, will continue to be allowed. However, there will be increased construction activity in the roadway. Local traffic should expect a rougher driving surface and slower speeds. It is recommended to plan extra time and to use arterial streets such as College Street or Marvin Road as alternate north-south routes.
The Carpenter Road Reconstruction project will widen the roadway to four lanes with bike lanes, sidewalks, planter strips, and street lighting. The project also includes the installation of a reclaimed water main, relocation of the sanitary sewer lift station, undergrounding of overhead lines, signal modifications at Pacific Avenue SE and at Martin Way E, and wetland restoration at Woodland Creek Community Park. Construction is funded by grants from the Transportation Improvement Board and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in addition to funds from Thurston County and the City of Lacey.
Updated advisories are posted on Lacey’s official website at www.ci.lacey.wa.us.
- Angelea Miller, Project Administrator; (360) 456-7791; firstname.lastname@example.org