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NE LAKE ROAD / NE EVERETT STREET INTERSECTION CONSTRUCTION

Welcome to the new Lake Road Construction page! This page picks up where our former project page – which focused on the selection of a preferred alternative and design – left off. Here, we’ll relay our progress as we prepare, build, and open the new roundabout at the intersection of NE Lake Road and NE Everett Street.

To see the steps that led up to construction, please visit www.cityofcamas.us/lakeroad.

Click on the arrows to see more information under each category below.

June 24, 2020

  • Over the last five weeks – Crews have completed a retaining wall on the west side of NE Everett Street and brought in material for the future roundabout.
  • Now – The team is pouring the curb that will edge the future roadway and installing underground utilities.
  • In the next month – The process of laying down the roadway surface of the roundabout will begin.
  • Ongoing – Wait times for motorists will continue to be up to 20 minutes, and for this reason, all motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes, when possible.

See drone footage of the area here.

 

May 19, 2020 – Over the last four weeks, contractors have completed several steps to lay the foundation for the rest of the project, including:

  • Clearing and preparing the grade, which creates a level base for roundabout construction.
  • Building a retaining wall on the west side of NE Everett Street, to accommodate road widening.
  • Starting storm sewer improvements on NE Everett Street, beginning at the south end.
  • Removing all previously identified trees and undergrowth (the stumps will be ground out later). Some trees, root wads, and logs, which will be used for landscape features and wood benches.
  • Reassessing the chestnut tree, which is still healthy and strong despite the natural lean it has developed over the years.
  • Performing minor pruning of the chestnut tree and ivy removal from its trunk to promote new vigor.

See drone footage of the area here.

During the end of May and into June, underground utilities will be relocated, and new asphalt will be placed to accommodate traffic as roundabout construction begins.

 

April 17, 2020 – Tree removal will begin the morning of Mon., April 20, and last about one week. During this time, the traffic signal at Lake & Everett will be turned OFF during the day, and the intersection will be controlled by flaggers. The signal will operate normally during evenings and overnight. There will be intermittent delays as fallen trees, limbs, and debris are removed from the roadway. 

 

April 15, 2020 – Today, the City of Camas announced that after a two-week construction stoppage, it will proceed with the Lake-Everett Roundabout and four other essential public projects: improvements to Brady Road, construction of the 18th Avenue Reservoir, construction of the Lacamas Creek Pump Station and improvements at the Wastewater Treatment Plant. All are authorized under Governor Inslee’s original March 23, 2020, Stay Home, Stay Healthy proclamation.

See the press release here.

See the contractors’ safety plans here –These plans will be constantly reviewed with an eye towards the latest guidelines and necessary adjustments based on field experience.

 

April 1, 2020 – In order to focus all efforts on fighting COVID-19, the City of Camas has put construction of the Lake-Everett Roundabout on hold. In two weeks, on April 15, the City will revisit the construction stoppage and decide how to proceed.

Four additional public construction projects currently underway are also being halted: improvements to Brady Road, construction of the 18th Avenue Reservoir, construction of the Lacamas Creek Pump Station and improvements at the Wastewater Treatment Plant.

See the press release here.

 

March 31, 2020 – In compliance with Gov. Jay Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy proclamation, which allows essential public construction projects to continue, the City of Camas will move forward with planned construction of the Lake-Everett roundabout in the coming days.

As communicated with the public through open houses and outreach, several trees will be removed at the start of the project. For full project details and ongoing construction updates, the public is invited to visit www.cityofcamas.us/lakeroadconstruction.

To learn why this is considered an essential project, how the funding is earmarked, and more, see the press release here.

 

March 19, 2020 – At its March 16 meeting, Camas City Council awarded a $5,269,500 contract to Clark and Sons Excavating of Battle Ground, Wash., for the construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Northeast Lake Road and Northeast Everett Street (State Route 500). The low bid submitted by Clark and Sons Excavating came in approximately $435,000 under the estimated total. 

With the contract now in place, construction is anticipated to begin in late March or early April 2020 as planned. The roundabout is expected to be functional by early September 2020. At the start of construction, several trees will be removed, as discussed extensively with the public during the planning phase.

For full details, see the press release here.

 

Feb. 20, 2020 – At the February 18 Camas City Council workshop, Public Works Director Steve Wall gave an update (beginning at 23:34 in the recording) with the following points:

  • We are currently “out to bid,” meaning that a request for qualifications (RFQ) is being advertised publicly starting this week.
  • Contractors are required to submit bids by March 10, 2020.
  • It is anticipated that Council will award the construction bid at the March 16, 2020, regular meeting.
  • Construction is planned to begin soon after.
  • The project contract will include an incentive of up to $50,000 for meeting the phase 1 and 2 deadlines. The selected contractor can also be penalized (“liquidated damages”) $2,500 per day for not meeting the phase 1 and 2 deadlines.
    • Note: After the workshop, the project team clarified to Council that the penalties and the incentives will apply to both phase 1 and phase 2.
  • There are also monetary penalties that will be placed on the contractor for any damages to the American Chestnut tree.
  • Bigger past projects, including the North Shore Sewer project, included similar penalties and incentives and were very successful.

Phase 1 – April-July 2020*

  • This phase is when most of the work will occur.
  • The current intersection is anticipated to remain open and functional for motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists. Pedestrians may experience minor rerouting.
  • Construction is planned to take place next to – but not directly on – existing roadways.
  • A handful of short-term lane closures for utility work are anticipated.
  • Work will include activities such as building the center of the roundabout, widening northbound and southbound travel lanes, and tree removal (Overview | Detailed View).
  • Flaggers will be present to guide construction trucks in and out of the area as needed. Short traffic delays are expected in these instances.

*At the Jan. 23, 2020, project update meeting, a March start date was shared. Based on the final bid and construction timeline, the starting month as been adjusted.

Construction Phase 1

Phase 2 – August 2020

  • The roundabout is anticipated to be open for partial use by motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists.
  • Construction is planned to take place within the existing roadway.
  • Pedestrians and bicyclists will be able to use the newly constructed sidewalk east of the roundabout.
  • A temporary traffic signal will be installed.
  • Flaggers will be present to guide construction trucks in and out of the area as needed. Short traffic delays are expected in these instances.

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Phase 3 – September-October 2020

  • The roundabout is anticipated to be open for use by motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists. Pedestrians may experience minor rerouting.
  • Completion of remaining curb, sidewalk, and landscape areas is planned.
  • Flaggers will be present to guide construction trucks in and out of the area as needed. Short traffic delays are expected in these instances.

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Phase 4  – Plantings and Finishing Work – October-December 2020

  • The roundabout is anticipated to be fully functional.
  • Installation of irrigation systems is planned.
  • Planting of non-bare-root trees and shrubs in the landscape areas is anticipated to begin in October.
  • Planting of bare-root trees and shrubs in the mitigation area is planned for December due to the longer required harvest time of bare-root plant material. 

The City is committed to a transparent process with ample opportunities to involve the public. If you have questions, comments, or feedback, please contact us. We’re happy to hear from you.

Jim Hodges
City of Camas
Project Manager
360-817-7234

James Carothers
City of Camas
Engineering Manager
360-817-7230

 

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