JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – Construction of the new Joint Base connector road and overpass project that links both segments of the joint base will enter the third phase of construction with the installation of twelve, 183-foot girders Tuesday evening.
Perimeter Road will be temporarily closed to local traffic between the intersections of 150th St. SW and Lincoln Road, and the intersection of Perimeter Road and Barnes Boulevard, beginning at 10 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, for 30-minute periods, as contractors begin installing the girders on overpass support pillars constructed during phase II.
The Joint Base connector project is entering the third of five phases and is on schedule to be completed in the Spring of 2015.
Joint Base connector road and overpass construction project by phases:
Phase I of the project consisted of clearing trees from the projected construction path.
Phase II consisted of the construction of overpass support pillars, which caused the closure of the South Gate Road and the McChord Field Commercial Vehicle Inspection Point (CVIP).
Phase III, installation of support girders on the overpass pillars is scheduled to begin in the Fall of 2014. This will involve temporary lane closures on Perimeter Road and E. Lincoln Ave. for paving.
Phase IV, paving operations to connect the new road to Barnes Blvd., will be in the late Fall of 2014. There will be temporary lane closures on Barnes Blvd. with alternating one-direction of travel controlled by traffic flaggers. Detour signs will be setup in order to assist motorists around the closure areas.
The fifth and final phase of the project will occur during the winter months and consist of the finishing aspects of the project, such as curbing and lane striping. Project completion is set for the Spring of 2015.