*Update on July 31: This project was originally expected to start July 27. The information below has been updated to reflect the new schedule.
Kapowsin Highway East will be closed about 400 feet south of 252nd Street East from Aug. 17-28 while a box culvert is replaced.
The work is part of a larger project that will run from Aug. 10 to late September.
At the culvert location, crews will widen the road shoulders, install guardrails, and install a wider box culvert that accommodates the roadway changes. The wider culvert will also improve fish passage.
The 3.45-mile section of Orting-Kapowsin Highway East from Orville Road East to 246th Street East will be resurfaced.
During the closure, a detour route will be in place. Local access will be maintained. Visit www.piercecountywa.gov/crp5854 to view a map of the detour route and get schedule updates.
Work hours during the road closure will be 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday.
During the remainder of the project, work hours will be 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday. The road may be reduced to one lane with alternating traffic during work hours.
From Aug. 10-14, crews will install construction signage and prepare the site for the culvert work.
During the closure, crews will excavate the roadway, remove the culvert and install the new one. Crews will also widen the road shoulders and install the guardrails.
Crews will resurface the roadway from late August to mid-September. In mid-September, the road will be striped and rumble strips will be installed to alert motorists that they have started to cross the centerline.
In late September, traffic signs will be installed and the roadside will be restored.
The project’s contractor is Active Construction Inc. The construction cost is approximately $1.3 million and is funded with state Rural Arterial Program funds and federal Surface Transportation Program (Rural) funds.
A project webpage is available at www.piercecountywa.gov/crp5854.
Anne Radford, Pierce County public information specialist