Section of Vickery Avenue East to be closed Sept. 15-19

Vickery Avenue East between 128th Street East and 112th Street East will be closed Sept. 15-19 while crews rebuild the roadway.

A detour route will be in place, and will direct motorists west along 112th Street East, south along Waller Road East, and east along 128th Street East. Noise levels will be monitored to make sure they are within allowable limits. If severe weather occurs, the closure may be postponed.

“Crews will rehabilitate the roadway base by breaking up the existing concrete, leveling with crushed rock and applying four inches of hot mix asphalt,” said Henry Gertje, P.E., Pierce County Public Works and Utilities construction engineering supervisor. “This work is a unique project of our pavement preservation program because of the existing concrete pavement. The old concrete panels are narrow, eight feet wide, and have developed bumps at the joints. Breaking up the panels in a controlled manner allows us to leave them in place and continue to provide a uniform roadway base for the new asphalt overlay.”

Puget Paving, Inc. is the contractor for this project. The construction work will cost approximately $428,555, and is paid for with Pierce County road funds.

The project is part of Pierce County’s 2014 Asphalt Overlay Program. The county also plans to rehabilitate the concrete panels and resurface Park Avenue South between Lafayette Street South and C Street South as part of this contract, along with 99th Street East between Portland Avenue East and 22nd Avenue East in late September.

These roads will remain open during the work, however traffic delays may be expected with single lane closures during work hours. Alternative routes are suggested.

A project page is available at


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