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Beginning Monday, a new construction project gets underway on College Street in Lacey

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Beginning Monday, a new construction project gets underway in Lacey that will replace the pavement on College Street between 37th Avenue Southeast and just south of the 45th Avenue Southeast roundabout, according to city information.

Not only can commuters expect delays on College Street, the street will be closed to traffic in that area Thursday and Friday. The paving project is expected to be complete on Saturday, city information shows.

The new construction project is the latest to focus on College Street.

In addition to the paving project, the north end of College Street is being widened between 18th and 25th, and a new roundabout will be added at 22nd.

Parcels are being cleared in the area. Because the roundabout will encroach on Mountain View Elementary, crews have been busy relocating school parking to a ballfield just east of the school.

The ultimate goal is to widen College Street between Lacey Boulevard and 37th Avenue, so it has the look and feel of what drivers are already familiar with between 37th Avenue and Yelm Highway, The Olympian reported in April.

That stretch has more room for traffic and pedestrians.

“We are setting the foundation for the future corridor,” City Manager Scott Spence told The Olympian about the first phase of work, which is expected to be complete by the fall or winter of 2020.

Rolf has worked at The Olympian since August 2005. He covers breaking news, the city of Lacey and business for the paper. Rolf graduated from The Evergreen State College in 1990.
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