Vancouver Tech Center Drive Safety Improvement Project Update

Submitted by City of Vancouver

The City of Vancouver would like to share the following update on the Tech Center Drive Safety Improvement Project with the local bicycle, pedestrian, and accessibility community.

As mentioned in our email update on October 20, our Construction Engineering team has been monitoring weather conditions and evaluating the project schedule in light of the delays in receiving needed signal equipment, a result of COVID-19 impacts. At this time, we have determined that those delays, coupled with weather conditions—both rain and temperatures—will prevent our contractor from successfully applying any more striping as part of the project this year. We recognize the disappointment of not getting this much-awaited project wrapped up in 2020, but are also committed to having a finished project of which the community can be proud.

The following work on the project will be continuing this winter:

  • Install the bases for the light poles located near the pedestrian crossing between SE Tech Center Place and Sequoia Circle
  • Install traffic signal upgrades (note: final component for this part of the project is currently scheduled for delivery on Nov. 30)
  • Install light poles near the pedestrian crossing between SE Tech Center Place and Sequoia Circle, pending delivery of this equipment (delivery date is still being determined)

The following work is anticipated for completion in spring 2021, when weather conditions allow:

  • Complete all remaining project striping and pavement markings, including the remaining green and white thermoplastic pavement markings on SE Tech Center Drive between SE Tech Center Place and just south of Mill Plain Boulevard and the striping modifications from Mill Plain Boulevard north onto SE 172nd Avenue
  • Install bike lane separators when the contractor returns to complete pavement markings and striping work in spring 2021

As always, we will continue to provide project updates as new information becomes available. Thank you for your ongoing patience and support during this challenging year. As a reminder, details about this project can be found on the project website.

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