A segment of Stone Drive Northwest will be closed for approximately 30 days starting May 29 as part of construction on a roundabout at the intersection of Point Fosdick Drive Northwest, Stone Drive Northwest, and 34th Avenue Northwest.
Approximately 900 feet of Stone Drive Northwest will be closed from where it intersects with Point Fosdick Drive Northwest. The closure could extend beyond 30 days due to weather impacts or schedule changes.
During the closure, crews will excavate the road and build a new roadway surface that is up to 8 feet lower than the current road.
A detour route of approximately 3.4 miles will take motorists from Stone Drive Northwest to Jahn Avenue Northwest to 32nd Street Northwest to 22nd Avenue Northwest to 36th Street Northwest to Point Fosdick Drive Northwest. A map of the detour route is available at www.piercecountywa.gov/crp5581.
About the project
A roundabout is a circular intersection where motorists travel counterclockwise around a center island.
The roundabout will be one lane, and will feature crosswalks with flashing lights that alert motorists that a pedestrian is crossing. The roundabout will include an apron that trucks can drive onto if extra room is needed when turning.
The project will also include additional street lighting, pervious concrete sidewalks that reduce surface water runoff, curbs and gutters, and storm drainage treatment facilities.
On April 30, crews began clearing bushes and trees, installing storm drainage structures, and building a temporary bypass road on the east side of Point Fosdick Drive Northwest.
Following the Stone Drive Northwest closure, traffic will be shifted onto the temporary bypass road while crews regrade and build the legs of the intersection on Point Fosdick Drive Northwest and 34th Avenue Northwest. Crews will also build the roundabout’s island and the other project features. This work is expected to be complete by early December.
Motorists should expect each leg of the intersection to be reduced to one lane with alternating traffic in the project area between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays throughout this work. Flaggers will be onsite to direct traffic during these hours.
During the week of May 21, crews will work from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday. They will not work on Friday, May 25.
Crews will place a final layer of asphalt and apply final traffic markings in Spring 2019.
Miles Resources is the contractor. The construction cost is approximately $2.7 million. It is funded with a grant of approximately $1.7 million from the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board’s Urban Arterial Program, along with approximately $1 million in County Road Funds.
A project webpage is available at www.piercecountywa.gov/crp5581.
Henry Gertje, P.E., Planning and Public Works construction engineering supervisor
Anne Radford, Planning and Public Works public information specialist