Major construction on Carpenter Road Southeast is under way, meaning the one-mile stretch between Pacific Avenue Southeast and Martin Way East closes today to through traffic until Nov. 11, according to the City of Lacey.
With traffic disruptions expected, here’s a look at what is ahead, why the road is closed and how to avoid the construction.
• Why close the road? Crews are installing an arch culvert and retaining wall at Lake Lois. City officials say closing the connection will shave months off construction time.
• How to avoid: The city recommends using College Street Southeast or Marvin Road Southeast as alternate north-south routes. Kinwood Street Southeast also is an option.
• Local use: Only local access will be allowed in order to enter and exit driveways along Carpenter Road. Martin Way must be used to reach driveways north of Lake Lois while Pacific Avenue must be used to reach driveways south of Lake Lois. There will be no access to side streets with the exception of Malibu Drive Southeast and the western section of Sixth Avenue Southeast, since the only outlet for those streets is at Carpenter Road.
• Financing: The city awarded a $7.46 million construction contract to Puyallup-based Active Construction. The entire project tops $12 million, a cost shared by the city and Thurston County, since the project is in both jurisdictions. Funding primarily came from a grant funding agencies including the Transportation Improvement Board and the Environmental Protection Agency.
• Project goal: The stretch of road will widen to four lanes – five near Martin and Pacific – and include sidewalks, lighting and underground utilities. A new stormwater-treatment and infiltration system, a reclaimed-water main to Woodland Creek Park, a new sanitary lift station and an engineered wetland are planned.
• Project completion date: January 2013.