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Posted on: June 27, 2019

Substantial Construction on 236th Street SW for July & August

The Main Street Revitalization Project construction work on 236th Street SW and 56th Avenue W is ongoing and on schedule. Beginning the week of July 8, significant roadway construction work will occur on 236th Street SW; this work is expected to take between 4 to 8 weeks to complete. During this period, all roadway users should expect the following:

  1.  Week of July 8 – The road surface of 236th Street SW from Gateway Boulevard to 56th Avenue W will undergo asphalt grinding. 236th Street SW will be reduced to one-lane of travel with flaggers controlling the direction of traffic between westbound and eastbound travel. During this week, traffic will move from the north side to the south side, depending on which side of the roadway the contractor is working on.

  2.  Weeks of July 17 through the completion of this work – The asphalt grinding of 236th Street SW between Gateway Boulevard and 56th Street SW will be complete. Drivers should expect to travel on gravel. In addition, travel on 236th Street SW between 56th Street SW and 58th Street SW will be westbound traffic only. Drivers should use the signed detour routes or take an alternate route that may be more convenient. As construction progresses during this period, the city will provide additional construction information that is up-to-date and reflects the contractor’s progress.

    This work is necessary as the roadway needs to be re-surfaced. The primary benefits of completing this work during summer include:
    Improving roadway safety since there is a reduced number of pedestrians when school is not in session; and
    Lessening overall traffic delay since traffic volumes are typically lower throughout the summer.

Drivers should expect traffic delays during these construction activities.

During the initial phase of the construction, city staff have been listening to and working with residents on their concerns for traffic safety and mobility. The city encourages residents and visitors to ask construction and traffic control workers, on-site city inspectors, and engineering staff for help when walking, driving or parking within the construction work zone. The city and its contractor are committed to ensuring safety and helping people feel comfortable within the work zone by providing direction or escorting them through an area they are uncomfortable with. Please flag one of them down and let them know how they can help.

Weekly travel advisories on all construction projects throughout the city are provided online at (traffic alerts). Main Street updates are shared on social media. These updates are provided to keep the community informed about the type of traffic modifications that are in place and where they are located.

Thanks to all residents and visitors for their patience and commitment to driving safely within the work zones. Please continue to drive slowly and cautiously through the work zones and detour routes so that we can maintain a safe and protected environment for all users within the public right-of-way.

For further information, contact Public Works Director Eric LaFrance at or (425) 744-6221.


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