A segment of Stone Drive Northwest reopened at 8 a.m. Wednesday, June 20 after being closed as part of construction on a roundabout at the intersection of Point Fosdick Drive Northwest, Stone Drive Northwest, and 34th Avenue Northwest.
Approximately 900 feet of Stone Drive Northwest was closed for 22 days from where it intersects with Point Fosdick Drive Northwest. The closure, which started May 29, was expected to last approximately 30 days.
During the closure, crews excavated the road and built a new roadway surface that is up to 8 feet lower than the previous surface.
Upcoming traffic impacts
Work on the roundabout started in late April, and is expected to be complete by early December.
In the coming months, traffic will be shifted onto a temporary bypass road while crews regrade and build the legs of the intersection on Point Fosdick Drive Northwest and 34th Avenue Northwest. Crews will also build the roundabout’s island and the other project features.
Motorists should expect each leg of the intersection to be reduced to one lane with alternating traffic in the project area between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays throughout this work. Flaggers will be onsite to direct traffic during these hours.
Crews will place a final layer of asphalt and apply final traffic markings in Spring 2019.
About the project
A roundabout is a circular intersection where motorists travel counterclockwise around a center island.
The roundabout will be one lane, and will feature crosswalks with flashing lights that alert motorists that
a pedestrian is crossing. The roundabout will include an apron that trucks can drive onto if extra room is needed when turning.
The project will also include additional street lighting, concrete sidewalks, curbs and gutters, and storm drainage treatment facilities.
Miles Resources is the contractor. The construction cost is approximately $2.7 million. It is funded with a grant of approximately $1.7 million from the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board’s Urban Arterial Program, along with approximately $1 million in County Road Funds.
A project webpage is available at www.piercecountywa.gov/crp5581.
Henry Gertje, P.E., Planning and Public Works construction engineering supervisor
Anne Radford, Planning and Public Works public information specialist