Update on Island Crest Way construction

City planners are posting periodic updates to the construction activities on Island Crest Way south of S.E. 40th Street. The most recent update, posted on July 20, states there has been good progress on the changes slated for Island Crest Way.

Activity this week

Traffic will continue to be reduced to one lane in each direction, but next week drivers will likely see work zones on both sides of Island Crest Way. Please be aware of these crews and allow a little extra time to drive through the area.

City crews and contractors have installed new concrete curbs at the mailbox drop-off area in the 5200 block, 4800 block, and at 86th Avenue S.E. on ICW. Crews continue to prepare additional areas that will get new concrete next week.

The storm drainage subcontractor will be completing the last of their underground work this Friday, and the electrical contractor should be almost done with their work by Friday as well. Additionally, the small water main project at the Merrimount Drive intersection was finished last  Wednesday, two days ahead of schedule.

This week the work will focus primarily on concrete curbs and sidewalk work:  prepping, setting forms, pouring, patching back in front of curbs. You will see crews stretched out along most of the project length because there is concrete work to do at every intersection.

Project summary

This project will change Island Crest Way to a three-lane configuration: one in each direction with a center two-way turn lane. In addition to repaving and restriping the roadway, the scope of this project includes storm drainage repairs and improvements, curb and sidewalk work at street intersections, resurfacing portions of the existing asphalt sidewalks, and crosswalk improvements at S.E. 46th and S.E. 48th Streets.

Related paving work

The city will also be repaving the residential streets of 88th Avenue S.E. (from S.E. 45th to S.E. 47th Streets), S.E. 47th Street (from Island Crest Way to 90th Avenue S.E.), and 90th Avenue S.E. (from the 4600 to the 5200 block). Paving of these streets will occur in the late summer, after the resurfacing of Island Crest Way has been completed.


Total project budget (2012): $1,653,797

Construction contract amount: $1,244,862


Project timeline (estimate): started June 25 and planned to be completed by Labor Day.


For more information about these projects, please contact Clint Morris, the city’s street engineer, at


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