NW 38th Ave Street Improvements

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Aerial view of NW 38th Avenue and NW Parker Street depicting Phase 2 and Phase 3 of project

Last Updated February 15, 2024

Project Updates

February 15, 2024 - Based on the grant funding being used on the project, WSDOT, acting on behalf of the Federal Highway Administration, has review and approval authority over the bidding process. WSDOT has determined through an extensive process involving the Contractors that the low bids received do not meet the required criteria for payment to Disadvantage Business Enterprises. As such, the City is recommending to the City Council to reject all bids and re-advertise the project for new bids.

November 13, 2023 – The City is now actively seeking construction bids for this project, with the bid opening scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on November 29, 2023. This contract covers work to reconstruct NW 38th Avenue (from NW Parker St. to Grass Valley Park) in the City of Camas, WA. The work consists of approx. 2,400 linear feet of street reconstruction, cement amended soil, curb ramps, sidewalk, curb and gutter, structural walls, stormwater collection treatment and detention, landscaping and irrigation, signing, striping, illumination, and other related items. All materials are subject to the Build America, Buy America (BABA) provisions as detailed in these documents and specifications.

September 7, 2023 – The schedule for bidding and formal award of the project to a contractor has been delayed pending authorization of construction funding by WSDOT. Bidding and award of the project is now expected to occur in the fall of 2023, with construction beginning in late 2023 or early 2024.

July 31, 2023 – NW Natural is now relocating some of its underground utilities in preparation for future roadwork. Next, we will advertise for bid, meaning we’ll publicize the project, and construction companies can submit bids for the work. After we select a company, we will determine construction timing.

January 15, 2023 – Relocation of electrical and communication facilities within the roadway has begun. This work is expected to be completed in March 2023. Additional utility relocations will follow and are expected to continue through Spring 2023.

August 25, 2022 – Happy back to school season! We are completing the design stage of the project and anticipate property acquisitions to be completed within the next few months. By the time the project is complete, 38th Avenue will have bike lanes, sidewalks and streetlights, making it a safer multimodal avenue for motor vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists. If you’re interested in additional information about the project, the open house recording is available here on EngageCamas, below.

May 31, 2022 – Since the community meeting on April 21, 2022, the City has submitted documentation to Washington Department of Transportation for additional grant funding for the purchase of property required to construct the project. It is anticipated that this property acquisition will occur in the next six months.


Thank you for attending our Zoom Open House

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About the project

The third and final phase of the NW 38th Avenue corridor project is now underway. Work will include approximately half a mile of roadway and frontage improvements on NW 38th Avenue, beginning at the intersection of NW 38th Avenue and NW Parker Street and ending at Grass Valley Park.

Planned improvements:

  • One lane of traffic in each direction
  • A left-turn lane
  • Bike lanes
  • Sidewalks
  • Streetlights
  • Raised islands
  • Landscaping
  • Irrigation
  • Stormwater upgrades

Purpose

The NW 38th Avenue corridor is a vital connection for Camas residents accessing business and recreation activities on 192nd avenue. As with the two prior phases of the corridor project, the improvements will improve mobility in the area and ensure a safe multimodal transportation system for motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists.


Funding

Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council awarded federal Surface Transportation Block Grants for the federal share of this project.

Project funding sources are federal grants and supplemental local funding from transportation impact fees and real estate excise tax, as follows:

Design and Right-of-Way Acquisition

  • Federal Grants - $1,026,700
  • Local funds - $ 252,300

Construction

  • Federal Grants - $1,886,400
  • Local funds - $ $4,213,600

Contact info

City of Camas Project Manager Allen Westersund

City of Camas Capital Projects Manager Jim Hodges



Last Updated February 15, 2024

Project Updates

February 15, 2024 - Based on the grant funding being used on the project, WSDOT, acting on behalf of the Federal Highway Administration, has review and approval authority over the bidding process. WSDOT has determined through an extensive process involving the Contractors that the low bids received do not meet the required criteria for payment to Disadvantage Business Enterprises. As such, the City is recommending to the City Council to reject all bids and re-advertise the project for new bids.

November 13, 2023 – The City is now actively seeking construction bids for this project, with the bid opening scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on November 29, 2023. This contract covers work to reconstruct NW 38th Avenue (from NW Parker St. to Grass Valley Park) in the City of Camas, WA. The work consists of approx. 2,400 linear feet of street reconstruction, cement amended soil, curb ramps, sidewalk, curb and gutter, structural walls, stormwater collection treatment and detention, landscaping and irrigation, signing, striping, illumination, and other related items. All materials are subject to the Build America, Buy America (BABA) provisions as detailed in these documents and specifications.

September 7, 2023 – The schedule for bidding and formal award of the project to a contractor has been delayed pending authorization of construction funding by WSDOT. Bidding and award of the project is now expected to occur in the fall of 2023, with construction beginning in late 2023 or early 2024.

July 31, 2023 – NW Natural is now relocating some of its underground utilities in preparation for future roadwork. Next, we will advertise for bid, meaning we’ll publicize the project, and construction companies can submit bids for the work. After we select a company, we will determine construction timing.

January 15, 2023 – Relocation of electrical and communication facilities within the roadway has begun. This work is expected to be completed in March 2023. Additional utility relocations will follow and are expected to continue through Spring 2023.

August 25, 2022 – Happy back to school season! We are completing the design stage of the project and anticipate property acquisitions to be completed within the next few months. By the time the project is complete, 38th Avenue will have bike lanes, sidewalks and streetlights, making it a safer multimodal avenue for motor vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists. If you’re interested in additional information about the project, the open house recording is available here on EngageCamas, below.

May 31, 2022 – Since the community meeting on April 21, 2022, the City has submitted documentation to Washington Department of Transportation for additional grant funding for the purchase of property required to construct the project. It is anticipated that this property acquisition will occur in the next six months.


Thank you for attending our Zoom Open House

View materials from the April 21, 2022, event;


About the project

The third and final phase of the NW 38th Avenue corridor project is now underway. Work will include approximately half a mile of roadway and frontage improvements on NW 38th Avenue, beginning at the intersection of NW 38th Avenue and NW Parker Street and ending at Grass Valley Park.

Planned improvements:

  • One lane of traffic in each direction
  • A left-turn lane
  • Bike lanes
  • Sidewalks
  • Streetlights
  • Raised islands
  • Landscaping
  • Irrigation
  • Stormwater upgrades

Purpose

The NW 38th Avenue corridor is a vital connection for Camas residents accessing business and recreation activities on 192nd avenue. As with the two prior phases of the corridor project, the improvements will improve mobility in the area and ensure a safe multimodal transportation system for motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists.


Funding

Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council awarded federal Surface Transportation Block Grants for the federal share of this project.

Project funding sources are federal grants and supplemental local funding from transportation impact fees and real estate excise tax, as follows:

Design and Right-of-Way Acquisition

  • Federal Grants - $1,026,700
  • Local funds - $ 252,300

Construction

  • Federal Grants - $1,886,400
  • Local funds - $ $4,213,600

Contact info

City of Camas Project Manager Allen Westersund

City of Camas Capital Projects Manager Jim Hodges



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  • Share It's been more than three months since the last update. I drive this 38th Ave section daily and feel like I'm taking my life in my hands every time with zero shoulder and the irregular paving. Has anything new happened? on Facebook Share It's been more than three months since the last update. I drive this 38th Ave section daily and feel like I'm taking my life in my hands every time with zero shoulder and the irregular paving. Has anything new happened? on Twitter Share It's been more than three months since the last update. I drive this 38th Ave section daily and feel like I'm taking my life in my hands every time with zero shoulder and the irregular paving. Has anything new happened? on Linkedin Email It's been more than three months since the last update. I drive this 38th Ave section daily and feel like I'm taking my life in my hands every time with zero shoulder and the irregular paving. Has anything new happened? link

    It's been more than three months since the last update. I drive this 38th Ave section daily and feel like I'm taking my life in my hands every time with zero shoulder and the irregular paving. Has anything new happened?

    K1WYN asked 11 days ago

    Thank you for you comment and thank you for using Engage Camas. Unfortunately, the update provided in February is still where we're at. Bidders have resubmitted at the request of the Washington Dept. of Transportation. Washdot is currently reviewing those bids and will let us know if we're able to proceed. Upon acceptance of a bid, we will inform the public about a projected start date. We apologize for the inconvenience this is causing. 

  • Share Haven’t seen an update on this project. Has an award been made? What is the project start date? Thanks. on Facebook Share Haven’t seen an update on this project. Has an award been made? What is the project start date? Thanks. on Twitter Share Haven’t seen an update on this project. Has an award been made? What is the project start date? Thanks. on Linkedin Email Haven’t seen an update on this project. Has an award been made? What is the project start date? Thanks. link

    Haven’t seen an update on this project. Has an award been made? What is the project start date? Thanks.

    nwlion asked 4 months ago

    Thank you for using Engage Camas. Based on the grant funding being used on the project, WSDOT, acting on behalf of the Federal Highway Administration, has review and approval authority over the bidding process. WSDOT has determined through an extensive process involving the Contractors that the low bids received do not meet the required criteria for payment to Disadvantage Business Enterprises. As such, the City is recommending to the City Council to reject all bids and re-advertise the project for new bids.

  • Share I have reviewed the questions and answers about the project. It is interesting that the project team states the waterway south of 38th is a ditch, this is not correct, it t is a natural water way, named Dwyer creek. So claims no permits are needed due to the fact it’s a ditch are untrue. on Facebook Share I have reviewed the questions and answers about the project. It is interesting that the project team states the waterway south of 38th is a ditch, this is not correct, it t is a natural water way, named Dwyer creek. So claims no permits are needed due to the fact it’s a ditch are untrue. on Twitter Share I have reviewed the questions and answers about the project. It is interesting that the project team states the waterway south of 38th is a ditch, this is not correct, it t is a natural water way, named Dwyer creek. So claims no permits are needed due to the fact it’s a ditch are untrue. on Linkedin Email I have reviewed the questions and answers about the project. It is interesting that the project team states the waterway south of 38th is a ditch, this is not correct, it t is a natural water way, named Dwyer creek. So claims no permits are needed due to the fact it’s a ditch are untrue. link

    I have reviewed the questions and answers about the project. It is interesting that the project team states the waterway south of 38th is a ditch, this is not correct, it t is a natural water way, named Dwyer creek. So claims no permits are needed due to the fact it’s a ditch are untrue.

    Rkfe asked 9 months ago

    Thank you for using Engage Camas. All federal, state and local permits have been received for the NW 38th Avenue improvements from Parker Street to Grass Valley Park. The alignment of the roadway is being shifted to the north in order to avoid unnecessary impacts to the stream that feeds into Dwyer Creek.

  • Share As a recent new resident to Camas, I'm excited to hear about the improvements planned for NW 38th Ave. However, the addition of improved bike lanes and pedestrian paths on NW 38th Ave seems short sighted when the narrow curve connecting NW 38th Ave and NW Aster is not addressed. This curve has no sidewalk, no bike lane and no shoulder. I wouldn't feel safe biking, walking or running this route from my home in Camas to 192nd Ave. I see the condition of NW Aster has been brought up in earlier comments. Has there been any update to the funding and prioritization of this project to address pedestrian and cyclist safety on NW Aster? on Facebook Share As a recent new resident to Camas, I'm excited to hear about the improvements planned for NW 38th Ave. However, the addition of improved bike lanes and pedestrian paths on NW 38th Ave seems short sighted when the narrow curve connecting NW 38th Ave and NW Aster is not addressed. This curve has no sidewalk, no bike lane and no shoulder. I wouldn't feel safe biking, walking or running this route from my home in Camas to 192nd Ave. I see the condition of NW Aster has been brought up in earlier comments. Has there been any update to the funding and prioritization of this project to address pedestrian and cyclist safety on NW Aster? on Twitter Share As a recent new resident to Camas, I'm excited to hear about the improvements planned for NW 38th Ave. However, the addition of improved bike lanes and pedestrian paths on NW 38th Ave seems short sighted when the narrow curve connecting NW 38th Ave and NW Aster is not addressed. This curve has no sidewalk, no bike lane and no shoulder. I wouldn't feel safe biking, walking or running this route from my home in Camas to 192nd Ave. I see the condition of NW Aster has been brought up in earlier comments. Has there been any update to the funding and prioritization of this project to address pedestrian and cyclist safety on NW Aster? on Linkedin Email As a recent new resident to Camas, I'm excited to hear about the improvements planned for NW 38th Ave. However, the addition of improved bike lanes and pedestrian paths on NW 38th Ave seems short sighted when the narrow curve connecting NW 38th Ave and NW Aster is not addressed. This curve has no sidewalk, no bike lane and no shoulder. I wouldn't feel safe biking, walking or running this route from my home in Camas to 192nd Ave. I see the condition of NW Aster has been brought up in earlier comments. Has there been any update to the funding and prioritization of this project to address pedestrian and cyclist safety on NW Aster? link

    As a recent new resident to Camas, I'm excited to hear about the improvements planned for NW 38th Ave. However, the addition of improved bike lanes and pedestrian paths on NW 38th Ave seems short sighted when the narrow curve connecting NW 38th Ave and NW Aster is not addressed. This curve has no sidewalk, no bike lane and no shoulder. I wouldn't feel safe biking, walking or running this route from my home in Camas to 192nd Ave. I see the condition of NW Aster has been brought up in earlier comments. Has there been any update to the funding and prioritization of this project to address pedestrian and cyclist safety on NW Aster?

    Stephanie McGregor asked over 1 year ago

    Thank you for using Engage Camas. Improvements to this section of NW Astor Street are identified in our long-term transportation plan as a future project.  No specific timeline for funding has been determined.

  • Share Regarding the crosswalk on 38th near Gold's Gym... I need help understanding what changes are being made to the crosswalk near Gold's Gym on 38th. I assume it will be similar to the crosswalk on Leadbetter near SkyRidge? on Facebook Share Regarding the crosswalk on 38th near Gold's Gym... I need help understanding what changes are being made to the crosswalk near Gold's Gym on 38th. I assume it will be similar to the crosswalk on Leadbetter near SkyRidge? on Twitter Share Regarding the crosswalk on 38th near Gold's Gym... I need help understanding what changes are being made to the crosswalk near Gold's Gym on 38th. I assume it will be similar to the crosswalk on Leadbetter near SkyRidge? on Linkedin Email Regarding the crosswalk on 38th near Gold's Gym... I need help understanding what changes are being made to the crosswalk near Gold's Gym on 38th. I assume it will be similar to the crosswalk on Leadbetter near SkyRidge? link

    Regarding the crosswalk on 38th near Gold's Gym... I need help understanding what changes are being made to the crosswalk near Gold's Gym on 38th. I assume it will be similar to the crosswalk on Leadbetter near SkyRidge?

    Robyn Sheridan asked over 1 year ago

    Thank you for using Engage Camas. The crosswalk will remain in the same location, but will have push-button Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFB) installed.  When activated by a pedestrian, yellow flashing lights alert drivers that one or more PEDS will be crossing NW 38th Ave. Additionally, there will be a new street light installed near the crosswalk that will improve night time visibility of the area.

  • Share I know I’m probably late to the planning suggestions/questions stage but I’m going to throw it out there anyway. I like the proposed plan for 38th Avenue but feel like it falls short in traffic flow. 38th Avenue backs up west bound at Parker Street every morning and afternoon(especially during the school year)with people, parents and busses trying to turn right on Parker Street heading to Skyridge MS. Has any thought been given to adding right hand turning lanes to 38th Avenue both west bound and east bound at Parker Street? Parker Street at 38th Avenue already has left hand turning, straight thruway and right hand turning lanes both north bound and south bound. I think if you are going to improve on this section of roadway it only makes sense to fix it all, including right hand turning lanes east and west bound at 38th Avenue. Please consider this revision for improvement of traffic flow and safety. on Facebook Share I know I’m probably late to the planning suggestions/questions stage but I’m going to throw it out there anyway. I like the proposed plan for 38th Avenue but feel like it falls short in traffic flow. 38th Avenue backs up west bound at Parker Street every morning and afternoon(especially during the school year)with people, parents and busses trying to turn right on Parker Street heading to Skyridge MS. Has any thought been given to adding right hand turning lanes to 38th Avenue both west bound and east bound at Parker Street? Parker Street at 38th Avenue already has left hand turning, straight thruway and right hand turning lanes both north bound and south bound. I think if you are going to improve on this section of roadway it only makes sense to fix it all, including right hand turning lanes east and west bound at 38th Avenue. Please consider this revision for improvement of traffic flow and safety. on Twitter Share I know I’m probably late to the planning suggestions/questions stage but I’m going to throw it out there anyway. I like the proposed plan for 38th Avenue but feel like it falls short in traffic flow. 38th Avenue backs up west bound at Parker Street every morning and afternoon(especially during the school year)with people, parents and busses trying to turn right on Parker Street heading to Skyridge MS. Has any thought been given to adding right hand turning lanes to 38th Avenue both west bound and east bound at Parker Street? Parker Street at 38th Avenue already has left hand turning, straight thruway and right hand turning lanes both north bound and south bound. I think if you are going to improve on this section of roadway it only makes sense to fix it all, including right hand turning lanes east and west bound at 38th Avenue. Please consider this revision for improvement of traffic flow and safety. on Linkedin Email I know I’m probably late to the planning suggestions/questions stage but I’m going to throw it out there anyway. I like the proposed plan for 38th Avenue but feel like it falls short in traffic flow. 38th Avenue backs up west bound at Parker Street every morning and afternoon(especially during the school year)with people, parents and busses trying to turn right on Parker Street heading to Skyridge MS. Has any thought been given to adding right hand turning lanes to 38th Avenue both west bound and east bound at Parker Street? Parker Street at 38th Avenue already has left hand turning, straight thruway and right hand turning lanes both north bound and south bound. I think if you are going to improve on this section of roadway it only makes sense to fix it all, including right hand turning lanes east and west bound at 38th Avenue. Please consider this revision for improvement of traffic flow and safety. link

    I know I’m probably late to the planning suggestions/questions stage but I’m going to throw it out there anyway. I like the proposed plan for 38th Avenue but feel like it falls short in traffic flow. 38th Avenue backs up west bound at Parker Street every morning and afternoon(especially during the school year)with people, parents and busses trying to turn right on Parker Street heading to Skyridge MS. Has any thought been given to adding right hand turning lanes to 38th Avenue both west bound and east bound at Parker Street? Parker Street at 38th Avenue already has left hand turning, straight thruway and right hand turning lanes both north bound and south bound. I think if you are going to improve on this section of roadway it only makes sense to fix it all, including right hand turning lanes east and west bound at 38th Avenue. Please consider this revision for improvement of traffic flow and safety.

    Terks asked over 1 year ago

    Thank you for using Engage Camas. While there are some brief periods when traffic flow through the intersection are slowed during peaks, in our opinion, there’s not enough traffic volume to warrant the installation of R turn lanes in the EB or WB directions at this time. The goal of this project is to improve the existing roadway to an urban arterial standard that will include one-lane in each direction, curbs and sidewalks on both sides, bike lanes, L-turn lanes, raised islands, illumination, and a few other items.  The project is partially funded with Federal Transportation dollars. To be eligible for these funds, specific engineering criteria must be met to justify the improvements.  Unfortunately, installation of the R-turn lanes would not be eligible for federal funding at this time.  However, please note that we appreciate your comment and will keep it on file for possible future improvements. 

  • Share Hello! I was just wondering, after watching the recorded meeting, has consideration been given to having some extra separation of the bike line on the South side from the travel lane, either by recessed reflectors, a height difference, or some other method? on Facebook Share Hello! I was just wondering, after watching the recorded meeting, has consideration been given to having some extra separation of the bike line on the South side from the travel lane, either by recessed reflectors, a height difference, or some other method? on Twitter Share Hello! I was just wondering, after watching the recorded meeting, has consideration been given to having some extra separation of the bike line on the South side from the travel lane, either by recessed reflectors, a height difference, or some other method? on Linkedin Email Hello! I was just wondering, after watching the recorded meeting, has consideration been given to having some extra separation of the bike line on the South side from the travel lane, either by recessed reflectors, a height difference, or some other method? link

    Hello! I was just wondering, after watching the recorded meeting, has consideration been given to having some extra separation of the bike line on the South side from the travel lane, either by recessed reflectors, a height difference, or some other method?

    Joshua asked almost 2 years ago

    Thank you for using Engage Camas. The current plan is to separate the bike and vehicle lanes with an 8” wide stripe, and to use standard symbols to identify the bike lane, similar to other roads in the area. We understand the desire to have something a little more substantial to physically separate the bike and vehicle travel lanes. We have tried a few things in different parts of town over the years, with less than satisfactory results.  We will add this topic as a discussion point during our next design meeting. We will review potential modifications to our current design.

  • Share I have previously expressed concern about the otters which inhabit the watershed in the proposed project area. I note that their dam has been disturbed twice. The state of WA requires a permit for such actions. Can you tell me when your permits were obtained, and any restrictions that may have been listed? on Facebook Share I have previously expressed concern about the otters which inhabit the watershed in the proposed project area. I note that their dam has been disturbed twice. The state of WA requires a permit for such actions. Can you tell me when your permits were obtained, and any restrictions that may have been listed? on Twitter Share I have previously expressed concern about the otters which inhabit the watershed in the proposed project area. I note that their dam has been disturbed twice. The state of WA requires a permit for such actions. Can you tell me when your permits were obtained, and any restrictions that may have been listed? on Linkedin Email I have previously expressed concern about the otters which inhabit the watershed in the proposed project area. I note that their dam has been disturbed twice. The state of WA requires a permit for such actions. Can you tell me when your permits were obtained, and any restrictions that may have been listed? link

    I have previously expressed concern about the otters which inhabit the watershed in the proposed project area. I note that their dam has been disturbed twice. The state of WA requires a permit for such actions. Can you tell me when your permits were obtained, and any restrictions that may have been listed?

    citizen asked almost 2 years ago

    Thank you for using Engage Camas. If you're referring to the ditch along 38th, the City is not required to have permits for ditch maintenance. Also, while we understand that there are beavers that reside in the ditch, we’re unaware of any otters living in the area. 

  • Share What is the plan to limit neighborhood streets of Knapp Ln, Pacific Rim Dr and Dahlia Dr to the South of the project to local traffic only as people and possibly construction traffic try to skirt the project? A specific effort should be made to redirect all traffic , especially that bound for Camas, to use Parker and Lake as these are arterial suitable for high volumes. A subsequent plan will also be needed for the Skyridge school parent’s traffic backup that stops traffic on Parker. on Facebook Share What is the plan to limit neighborhood streets of Knapp Ln, Pacific Rim Dr and Dahlia Dr to the South of the project to local traffic only as people and possibly construction traffic try to skirt the project? A specific effort should be made to redirect all traffic , especially that bound for Camas, to use Parker and Lake as these are arterial suitable for high volumes. A subsequent plan will also be needed for the Skyridge school parent’s traffic backup that stops traffic on Parker. on Twitter Share What is the plan to limit neighborhood streets of Knapp Ln, Pacific Rim Dr and Dahlia Dr to the South of the project to local traffic only as people and possibly construction traffic try to skirt the project? A specific effort should be made to redirect all traffic , especially that bound for Camas, to use Parker and Lake as these are arterial suitable for high volumes. A subsequent plan will also be needed for the Skyridge school parent’s traffic backup that stops traffic on Parker. on Linkedin Email What is the plan to limit neighborhood streets of Knapp Ln, Pacific Rim Dr and Dahlia Dr to the South of the project to local traffic only as people and possibly construction traffic try to skirt the project? A specific effort should be made to redirect all traffic , especially that bound for Camas, to use Parker and Lake as these are arterial suitable for high volumes. A subsequent plan will also be needed for the Skyridge school parent’s traffic backup that stops traffic on Parker. link

    What is the plan to limit neighborhood streets of Knapp Ln, Pacific Rim Dr and Dahlia Dr to the South of the project to local traffic only as people and possibly construction traffic try to skirt the project? A specific effort should be made to redirect all traffic , especially that bound for Camas, to use Parker and Lake as these are arterial suitable for high volumes. A subsequent plan will also be needed for the Skyridge school parent’s traffic backup that stops traffic on Parker.

    RB asked about 2 years ago

    Thank you for using Engage Camas. It’s very likely that commuters in neighborhoods near the work zone (Holly Hills, Oak Ridge Estates, Sunningdale Gardens, Lake Pointe West, etc) will seek out alternate routes that allow them to avoid potential construction delays. We generally encourage motorists, cyclists and pedestrians to do this. As stated in a prior response, “From a safety and convenience stand-point, we always recommend that people add a few minutes to their scheduled commute time and use an alternate route, if possible.  Doing this will add some predictability to commute times and will increase safety for most by avoiding the work zone altogether. Fortunately, there are multiple ways for most nearby residents to exit their developments without using NW 38th Avenue.”

    We do understand that using “alternate routes” will probably increase traffic volumes on “collector” streets like NW Knapp Lane, NW Pacific Rim Drive, NW Dahlia Street and others. With the understanding that the increased volume is temporary, most people can tolerate this for a while. However, it is understandably more difficult to be patient and understanding when drivers ignore the speed limit and it seems like a once quiet street feels more like a race track. With this in mind, we will include additional signs in our traffic control plan that will be placed along several streets like those mentioned above to remind drivers to be mindful of their speeds through residential zones. Additionally, construction traffic should not be using side streets for ingress/egress to the work zone. Please report any such occurrences to the Camas Public Works Engineering Department.

    Lastly, City engineering staff have been in contact with Camas School District staff about the project very recently to ask about the referenced back-up on NW Parker Street.  The CSD Transportation Department have said they are not aware of any conditions that actually impair traffic flow on NW Parker Street. They will monitor the situation and notify the City about any concerns they see. For reference, our current schedule is to Bid and construct the project in the spring of 2023. We have some time to make adjustments, if any are needed. Thanks for sharing your concerns with us.

  • Share What is the plan to mitigate oversized construction vehicle traffic on Astor, 43rd, and Sierra at the intersections? Example, the intersection 1500’ East of the project at 38th and Astor is a very sharp 90 deg turn. During recent construction oversized trucks (long belly / side dump and pup trailer) were not able to make this corner with out crossing into oncoming traffic causing unsafe “terrorizing” conditions. Also off road excursions into adjacent unpaved grass areas constantly risked pedestrians and tip over being on the soft shoulder. The speed control / enforcement of these trucks was non existent as was their common use of Jake brake. Avoiding this route should be top priority for the safety of the pedestrians, cyclists, and residential traffic that have no other option. on Facebook Share What is the plan to mitigate oversized construction vehicle traffic on Astor, 43rd, and Sierra at the intersections? Example, the intersection 1500’ East of the project at 38th and Astor is a very sharp 90 deg turn. During recent construction oversized trucks (long belly / side dump and pup trailer) were not able to make this corner with out crossing into oncoming traffic causing unsafe “terrorizing” conditions. Also off road excursions into adjacent unpaved grass areas constantly risked pedestrians and tip over being on the soft shoulder. The speed control / enforcement of these trucks was non existent as was their common use of Jake brake. Avoiding this route should be top priority for the safety of the pedestrians, cyclists, and residential traffic that have no other option. on Twitter Share What is the plan to mitigate oversized construction vehicle traffic on Astor, 43rd, and Sierra at the intersections? Example, the intersection 1500’ East of the project at 38th and Astor is a very sharp 90 deg turn. During recent construction oversized trucks (long belly / side dump and pup trailer) were not able to make this corner with out crossing into oncoming traffic causing unsafe “terrorizing” conditions. Also off road excursions into adjacent unpaved grass areas constantly risked pedestrians and tip over being on the soft shoulder. The speed control / enforcement of these trucks was non existent as was their common use of Jake brake. Avoiding this route should be top priority for the safety of the pedestrians, cyclists, and residential traffic that have no other option. on Linkedin Email What is the plan to mitigate oversized construction vehicle traffic on Astor, 43rd, and Sierra at the intersections? Example, the intersection 1500’ East of the project at 38th and Astor is a very sharp 90 deg turn. During recent construction oversized trucks (long belly / side dump and pup trailer) were not able to make this corner with out crossing into oncoming traffic causing unsafe “terrorizing” conditions. Also off road excursions into adjacent unpaved grass areas constantly risked pedestrians and tip over being on the soft shoulder. The speed control / enforcement of these trucks was non existent as was their common use of Jake brake. Avoiding this route should be top priority for the safety of the pedestrians, cyclists, and residential traffic that have no other option. link

    What is the plan to mitigate oversized construction vehicle traffic on Astor, 43rd, and Sierra at the intersections? Example, the intersection 1500’ East of the project at 38th and Astor is a very sharp 90 deg turn. During recent construction oversized trucks (long belly / side dump and pup trailer) were not able to make this corner with out crossing into oncoming traffic causing unsafe “terrorizing” conditions. Also off road excursions into adjacent unpaved grass areas constantly risked pedestrians and tip over being on the soft shoulder. The speed control / enforcement of these trucks was non existent as was their common use of Jake brake. Avoiding this route should be top priority for the safety of the pedestrians, cyclists, and residential traffic that have no other option.

    RB asked about 2 years ago

    Thank you for using Engage Camas. The Contractor will be subject to maintaining an acceptable traffic control plan for the duration of the project. Some elements may include the posting of CONSTRUCTION AHEAD signs, lowered CONSTRUCTION SPEED signs, FLAGGER AHEAD signs, ONE LANE ROAD AHEAD signs, and use of Portable Changeable Message Signs (PCMS) in advance of the work area. The PCMS signs are intended to advise drivers, bikers, and pedestrians about what they can expect if they choose to continue through the construction zone. Some examples could be Traffic Delays Ahead, Flaggers Ahead, Paving Next Week or something similar.

    There will be weeks, or possibly months where thru traffic during construction hours will be limited to one-lane with flaggers controlling traffic flow through the work area. It’s also reasonable to expect the use of dump trucks with pups (trailers), concrete trucks, asphalt trucks and similar vehicles during construction. Most of the time these vehicles will travel through the construction zone, meaning they will enter from a direction and will leave in the same direction when they exit the work zone.  An example might be a dump truck that enters from the west (headed east) that is filled with excavated material and, once full, continues to the east to exist the work zone.

    The alternative to operating in this “circular” manner is to require that trucks turn around to exit the work zone, which is generally considered less safe, inefficient, and will markedly increase delay times for all users. When considering the example of large trucks navigating the corner at NW 38th Ave and Astor Street, one way to mitigate safety concerns is to have a flagger stop south-bound (SB) vehicles on Astor Street in advance of the T-intersection at NW 38th Ave and have them wait until receiving clearance from another flagger on NW 38th Ave that there is no conflicting traffic.  Whether motorist, biker or pedestrian it’s prudent to expect to be delayed when travelling through a construction zone.

    From a safety and convenience stand-point, we always recommend that people add a few minutes to their scheduled commute time and use an alternate route, if possible.  

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