City Council green lights street overlay program

August 13, 2009

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By Michael Bayless Rowe
Work on the city’s street overlay program will begin in a month after being approved at the City Council’s July 21 meeting.
“We know the condition of our streets is a top priority for residents,” city Communications Manager Doug Alder said. “The city keeps a close eye on streets that need to be repaved, as well as maintaining those that are already in good shape.”
In an overlay project, streets are repaved to improve driving conditions. The streets that will be overlaid include Newcastle Way from 129th Avenue Southeast to 125th Avenue Southeast; Southeast 75th Place from 119th Court Southeast to 122nd Place Southeast; and 120th Place Southeast from Southeast 76th Street to Southeast 75th Place.
Newcastle has given top priority to future overlay projects under its yearly Transportation Improvement Plan. The 2010-2015 plan was approved at a July 16 council meeting, with an amendment adding $100,000 to the overlay projects.
Transportation Improvement Plans and Capital Investment Programs are approved yearly by Washington cities. The planning documents lay out priorities looking forward five years.
Other projects in Newcastle’s 2010-2015 Transportation Improvement Plan that are at the top of the priority list include a traffic signal at the intersection of Newcastle Way and 129th Avenue Southeast; replacing and upgrading a retaining wall and sidewalk on Southeast 118th/75th in Lake Washington Ridge; downtown improvements; and pedestrian walkways. The plan can be modified at any time, depending on council priorities and the city’s budget.
One issue that did arise at a Town Hall meeting June 9 was a citizen’s request for the city to improve 118th Avenue Southeast. The citizen requested widening the asphalt base of the road, adding gravel shoulders and installing speed bumps.
However, city staff members reported that a speed study of the road indicates that most people drive at about 25 miles per hour, appropriate for the rural roadway. Staff also said that the condition of the road was “fair” in the city’s pavement rating system.
In June, the City Council also approved the Capital Investment Program, which prioritizes and plans for improvements and maintenance for parks, facilities and surface water utilities that the city plans to undertake in the 2010-2015 period. This plan was approved 4-3 on June 16. Councilwomen Lisa Jensen and Carol Simpson, and Councilman Steve Buri voted against the program, favoring to move some projects from 2010 to 2011. The Capital Investment Program can be modified and the council will discuss projects in the plan at upcoming meetings, according to city reports.
The top item on the 2010-2015 Capital Investment Program is the expansion of Southeast 84th Street. The expansion will require the city to purchase 800 square feet of land to complete the realignment of the road.
The cost of the land acquisition is $12,000 with an additional $4,000 for appraisal services. The project is contingent on whether a private development southeast of the site receives permits.
Other projects in the 2010-2015 investment plan include new pedestrian walkways at various locations and a traffic signal and other improvements at the intersection of Newcastle Way and 129th Avenue Southeast.
Reach Reporter Michael Bayless Rowe at 392-6434, ext. 248, or mrowe@snowvalleystar.com. Comment on this story at www.newcastle-news.com.

By Michael Bayless Rowe

Work on the city’s street overlay program will begin in a month after being approved at the City Council’s July 21 meeting.

“We know the condition of our streets is a top priority for residents,” city Communications Manager Doug Alder said. “The city keeps a close eye on streets that need to be repaved, as well as maintaining those that are already in good shape.”

In an overlay project, streets are repaved to improve driving conditions. The streets that will be overlaid include Newcastle Way from 129th Avenue Southeast to 125th Avenue Southeast; Southeast 75th Place from 119th Court Southeast to 122nd Place Southeast; and 120th Place Southeast from Southeast 76th Street to Southeast 75th Place.

Newcastle has given top priority to future overlay projects under its yearly Transportation Improvement Plan. The 2010-2015 plan was approved at a July 16 council meeting, with an amendment adding $100,000 to the overlay projects.

Transportation Improvement Plans and Capital Investment Programs are approved yearly by Washington cities. The planning documents lay out priorities looking forward five years.

Other projects in Newcastle’s 2010-2015 Transportation Improvement Plan that are at the top of the priority list include a traffic signal at the intersection of Newcastle Way and 129th Avenue Southeast; replacing and upgrading a retaining wall and sidewalk on Southeast 118th/75th in Lake Washington Ridge; downtown improvements; and pedestrian walkways. The plan can be modified at any time, depending on council priorities and the city’s budget.

One issue that did arise at a Town Hall meeting June 9 was a citizen’s request for the city to improve 118th Avenue Southeast. The citizen requested widening the asphalt base of the road, adding gravel shoulders and installing speed bumps.

However, city staff members reported that a speed study of the road indicates that most people drive at about 25 miles per hour, appropriate for the rural roadway. Staff also said that the condition of the road was “fair” in the city’s pavement rating system.

In June, the City Council also approved the Capital Investment Program, which prioritizes and plans for improvements and maintenance for parks, facilities and surface water utilities that the city plans to undertake in the 2010-2015 period. This plan was approved 4-3 on June 16. Councilwomen Lisa Jensen and Carol Simpson, and Councilman Steve Buri voted against the program, favoring to move some projects from 2010 to 2011. The Capital Investment Program can be modified and the council will discuss projects in the plan at upcoming meetings, according to city reports.

The top item on the 2010-2015 Capital Investment Program is the expansion of Southeast 84th Street. The expansion will require the city to purchase 800 square feet of land to complete the realignment of the road.

The cost of the land acquisition is $12,000 with an additional $4,000 for appraisal services. The project is contingent on whether a private development southeast of the site receives permits.

Other projects in the 2010-2015 investment plan include new pedestrian walkways at various locations and a traffic signal and other improvements at the intersection of Newcastle Way and 129th Avenue Southeast.

Reach Reporter Michael Bayless Rowe at 392-6434, ext. 248, or mrowe@snowvalleystar.com. Comment on this story at www.newcastle-news.com.

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