1 intersection & 1 block of road opened this week!
CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS THIS WEEK
- California Street intersection
- The intersection opened to vehicle traffic at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, December 2.
- Everett to California
- The block between Everett Avenue and California Street opened to southbound traffic on Friday, December 6 at 1:15 p.m. (Northbound already has been open.)
- California to Hewitt
- The contractor continued to trench for electrical and irrigation, completed curb replacement and began placing new sidewalk.
- The Wall Street crossing of Rucker closed to vehicles for some storm drainage work. The contractor began installing temporary lighting from Wall to Pacific.
- Hoyt remains fully open to traffic.
- Finishing the sidewalk corners at the northeast corner of the Hoyt/Pacific intersection. New signals poles will be installed later; the contractor is awaiting delivery of signal poles and equipment. Landscaping the planters will occur in spring 2020.
- California to Hewitt
- The contractor will continue to trench for electrical and irrigation and prepare for new sidewalk on the west side.
- The contractor will continue placing new sidewalk along the east side of the street.
- Hewitt to Wall
- The contractor will demolish the sidewalk and install electrical and irrigation on the east side.
- Intermittent traffic delays at the Aero apartments will continue next month. These delays are expected to be of shorter duration than previous driveway access delays.
- Wall Street intersection
- Wall Street will be closed to east-west through traffic across Rucker. The contractor will focus on roadway demolition, grading, installing temporary lighting, storm drainage, irrigation and electrical crossings.
Every streetscape project has two primary constraints: severity of road impacts and total construction duration/cost. If road impacts are lessened, construction time and cost increase. If construction time is reduced, severity of road impacts must increase proportionately. For the Rucker Renewal streetscape project, the staging and pacing of the work is designed to allow as much access to businesses as possible while allowing construction to progress as quickly as possible. In this urban environment, pedestrian access and safety has been prioritized over vehicular access.
Existing state and local legal requirements also impact the contractor's working conditions.
- Per the contract provisions, there cannot be construction outside of the City's noise ordinance, which limits the amount of time each day that the contractor can conduct noise producing work.
- The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) standard specifications specify days of the year that can be counted as "working days" in transportation contracts. Among others, federal holidays and days that are deemed unworkable due to weather are defined as "nonworking days." The days between Christmas and New Year's Day are designated as nonworking days.
Maximizing efficiency, minimizing impacts
City staff work closely with the contractor to get the work done as quickly as possible and minimize disruption to business and the traveling public. Some examples of the agile project management employed on Rucker Renewal include:
- Full block traffic closures only occur within one phase at a time.
- The contract allows the contractor to work within multiple phases, but full block closures are limited to one phase (or stage) at a time.
- The contractor works many Saturdays, weather permitting.
- To allow traffic to remain open through the work zone and shorten the time needed for a full closure of the Phase 2 work later, the contractor performed the waterline portion of the Phase 2 work early, maintaining traffic through this area.
- Single-direction, local vehicle access has been allowed as an exception for specific business needs that cannot be otherwise accommodated.
- Single-lane, two-way traffic permitted in areas where construction is not actively occurring but for which dedicated construction vehicle access is necessary.
- Pedestrian access and safety prioritized over vehicle access during construction; full pedestrian access to Rucker street frontages at all times.
- Old sidewalks are left in place during street paving.
- Pedestrian routes moved to street on new street pavement.
- New sidewalks constructed
- A pedestrian detour route will be available through the area.
- Rucker Avenue between Wall and Hewitt - vehicular access will remain open with one-way access northbound.
- Rucker Avenue from Wall to Pacific – vehicular access will remain open to southbound travel only.
- A flagger will be present at the Hewitt/Rucker and the Wall/Rucker intersection during work hours.
- The signed detour that has been in place will remain.
3 Parts. One full closure at a time.
The project is broken into three parts. Each part is referred to as a phase (or stage). Full block closures may only occur within a single phase at a time, but work tasks may overlap.
- Stage One - Rucker between Everett and Hewitt; Hoyt between Wall and Pacific; small part of California on each side of Rucker intersection
- Stage Two - Rucker between Hewitt and up to and including Wall
- Stage Three - Rucker between Wall and Pacific
Future closures of the Rucker and Everett Avenue intersection will occur later in the project in support of the traffic signal work at that intersection.
Work-zone vandalism has occurred outside of construction hours. To report suspicious activity, please call Everett Police's non-emergency line: 425-407-3999.
The City’s tourism channels (VisitEverett.com, facebook.com/visiteverett, instagram.com/visiteverett) are highlighting stakeholders impacted by the Rucker Renewal project, and yours could be next. If you're interested in your business being featured, please contact Julio Cortes at 425-257-7110.
Construction liaison info
The contract provides for an ADA compliant, 6-foot protected and lighted pedestrian path, and any pedestrian detours will be signed. Pedestrians are discouraged from traveling in the work zone, but when necessary, the contractor is required to provide escorts during work hours.
Business entrances will always be accessible either via an existing sidewalk or a temporary asphalt sidewalk, except during short periods of concrete placement and curing.
Project work hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., with possible evening work. Everett’s noise ordinance prohibits work between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. during the week and between 10 p.m. and 9 a.m. on weekends, unless a variance has been issued. Please note that Everett's noise ordinance allows work until 10 p.m. on Saturdays.
See images of historical finds from the Rucker Renewal project in the photo gallery.