Road project to close 13th Avenue

The work is expected to last six to eight weeks.

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WALLA WALLA - An extensive improvement project on 13th Avenue will close the street between Cherry Street and Dell Avenue later this month.

The project is scheduled to start Feb. 22 and will last six to eight weeks, said Melissa Warner of the city Public Works Department. Access to businesses and residences in the area will be maintained by the contractor and detour routes will be provided.

The work on 13th Avenue will include removing the existing pavement, construction of new subsurface utilities and storm drain systems, installing curb, gutter and sidewalk and energy-efficient street lighting and then reconstructing the road surface.

The project is being funded by $1.98 million the city received last year from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and $100,000 from the Port of Walla Walla. The work is the latest phase in an ongoing project that will reconstruct 13th Avenue between Rose Street to Rees Avenue.

The contractor, Apollo Inc., has already been at work at the intersection of 13th Avenue and Pine Street to build a drainage pond for stormwater runoff and to relocate utilities along the roadway, said Neal Chavre, project manager. The first segment of the project has involved rebuilding the roadway between Rose Street and Abadie Street.

The final stage of the 13th Avenue improvement project will begin later this spring and will involve the area between Dell Avenue and Rees Avenue. It is expected to be completed in July.

For more information, call 527-4537.

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