UW News

June 3, 2004

As summer approaches, so does work on Stevens Way

The signs have begun to appear on campus. As the academic year comes to a close, it’s time for more work on Stevens Way. This summer the section between Jefferson Way (in front of the HUB) through the intersection of Pend Oreille Road (in front of Padelford) is scheduled for repaving, according to Ivan Turner, project manager for the work with the Capital Projects Office.

Demolition will begin on June 14 and continue through Aug. 9, with the major work being done at night, between the hours of 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. The road will be closed during that time. But during the day, one lane will remain open, with flaggers controlling traffic from time to time.

Beginning Aug. 10, the road will be completely closed while the repaving is done. Metro and Community Transit buses that usually stop on campus will be rerouted down 15th Avenue and across Pacific and NE 45th Streets.

The contractor will try to keep one sidewalk open in the affected area at all times, Turner said, but some closures may be necessary. ADA-compliant pedestrian crossings will be maintained at all current crosswalk locations.

To keep the dust down during the work, contractors will be spraying the site with water. Facilities Services will monitor building air intakes and install extra filters when they’re needed.

In addition to new, smooth pavement, the project will include the expansion of access to the HUB’s loading dock to reduce the number of trucks idling and blocking traffic while waiting for space at the dock. Unfortunately, it will also mean the removal of two Douglas fir trees near the Faculty Club — trees that have become a falling hazard, Turner said.

Work should be finished by Sept. 3, in time for the first home football game.

Anyone with concerns about the project can call Construction Manager Phil Smart at 206-616-7996 or e-mail repave@u.washington.edu. For more information about the project and current updates, see http://www.cpo.washington.edu/PTS/projOverview.aspx?ProjNum=10434.