As the summer construction season begins to heat up, an important element of the City of Duvall’s Main Street improvements can finally be constructed. With permit restrictions limiting work to a small period of time during the dry summer months, the culvert replacement at Thayer Creek will require some patience from local drivers. Located at the intersection of SR 203 (Main Street) and NE 143rd Place, the task will require a full closure of SR 203 and detouring of traffic around the work zone for more than a week. Scheduled to begin on Mon, July 17th and re-open no later than 4 p.m. on Wed, July 26th.
Between those dates, a staggering amount of work must be accomplished by the City’s contractor, Interwest Construction. With about 1,700 yards of material to move, utilities to relocate, 28 culvert sections to set, and a road to re-build – there will be little time to pause during the 1,300 man-hours that are expected to be worked.
“Fortunately, we’ve experienced this type of work before,” says Public Works Director, Boyd Benson; referring to a similar project in 2015 where, just half a mile to the north WSDOT and the City replaced the Coe Clemons Creek culvert. As was done in 2015, two detours will be set-up. The first is intended to divert large truck and commercial vehicle traffic with detours at NE 124th Street and Woodinville-Duvall Road. The second detour brings regular passenger vehicle traffic right into Duvall and up to the work zone with a short detour through City streets.
“It is of vital importance to our business community that the public knows Duvall is still open for business” says Mayor Will Ibershof. “Please, come and visit us just like any other day. You really will be able get to where you want to go.”
The Thayer Creek culvert replacement is just one part of an $8 million improvement project along Duvall’s Main Street that began construction in September 2016. Once completed; sidewalks, bike lanes and lighting will connect all of the businesses that have developed along the corridor through the years.