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Rucker Renewal Project Updates

Posted on: November 1, 2019

Rucker Renewal project update 11-1-19

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Phase 1 construction is nearing the end! Continued sunny weather is allowing significant progress to be made on tasks involving concrete pouring (road, curb, sidewalks), which are necessary to reopening the construction zone.  Picture below: concrete curing blankets that help the concrete cure properly and an example of the new planters.

Concrete Blankets

Planters


THIS WEEK

Hoyt

  • Work on Hoyt is pending final roadway striping and arrival of lettering for Hoyt/Pacific intersection corners.

Rucker

  • California intersection
    • All four driveways on California are complete. 
  • Hewitt intersection
    • Three quarters of the intersection is complete. The last quadrant is still being used as a trucking route.
  • Hewitt to Wall (east side)
    • The contractor graded at driveways and poured the east lanes through driveways.
  • Everett to California (east side) 
    • Existing sidewalks were demolished, and electrical foundations and conduit and irrigation were installed.
  • Everett to California (west side) and center planter
    • New sidewalks began to go in. Installation of electrical foundations, conduit and irrigation continued, as did curbs and sidewalk prep.

Wall 

  • Wall Street is open with a temporary asphalt surface. The road surface will be finished later in the project.

UPCOMING

Hoyt

  • The contractor will stripe the roadway Nov. 4-6, after which the road will be reopened to traffic.

Rucker

  • California intersection
    • Concrete from the intersection to south of Hewitt should be done by Monday, Nov. 4., and sidewalks will be done by Wednesday, Nov. 6.
    • The contractor expects to open the California Street intersection and the impacted portions on either side of Rucker by Saturday, Nov. 15.
  • Everett to California (east side)
    • The contractor will demolish existing sidewalks and construct new curbs and sidewalks. 
  • Everett to California (west side) and center planter
    • Sidewalks will continue to go in. Installation of electrical foundations, conduit and irrigation will continue. 
  • California to Hewitt (west side)
    • The contractor will demolish the roadway and trench for electrical and irrigation. 
    • The contractor will close existing entrances on Friday, Nov. 14, and  install temporary entrances Monday, Nov. 18, to begin construction of new curbs and sidewalks.
  • Intermittent traffic delays at the Aero apartments will continue for the next month. These delays are expected to be of shorter duration than were in place previously.

REMINDERS

The Rucker Renewal project was divided into 3 phases for the express purpose of minimizing impacts to businesses and residents in the construction corridor. To estimate how long each phase might take, 150 contracted working days – not including weekends, holiday, weather that prohibits the work -- were broken into 3 approximate parts, which comes out to 2.5 months for each phase, weather permitting. The Rucker project began July 8, 3.5 months ago. 

Phase 1 is physically twice as much territory than Phases 2 or 3. To allow traffic to remain open through the work zone and shorten the time needed for a full closure of the Phase 2 work later, the contractor worked ahead of the waterline portion of the Phase 2 work. The waterline is now completely installed, which is a major chunk of the project as a whole. 

The contractor will transition to exclusively Phase 2 work with the opening of the Hewitt intersection, when Hewitt will becomes part of the Phase 2 detour. Finish work, including planting, will occur in spring.

Work-zone vandalism has occurred outside of construction hours. To report suspicious activity, please call Everett Police's non-emergency line: 425-407-3999.

A pedestrian detour route will be available through the area. Vehicular access on Rucker Avenue between Hewitt and Wall will also remain open, including turnaround space at the north end of the roadway. A flagger will be present at the Hewitt/Rucker intersection during work hours. Traffic will be restricted to one lane in each direction from Pacific to Wall; restricted to local business/residential access only from Wall to Hewitt. No through traffic will be allowed. The signed detour that has been in place will remain.

Waterline work has been completed and all services have been transferred to the new system.

Future closures of the Rucker and Everett Avenue intersection will occur later in the project in support of the traffic signal work at that intersection.

Business support

The City’s tourism channels (VisitEverett.com, facebook.com/visiteverett, instagram.com/visiteverett) have begun highlighting stakeholders impacted by the Rucker Renewal project, and yours could be next. If you're interested in your business being featured, please contact Julio Cortes at 425-257-7110.

Construction liaison info

Pedestrian access

The contract provides for an ADA compliant 6-foot protected and lighted pedestrian path, and any pedestrian detours will be signed. Pedestrians are discouraged from traveling in the work zone, but when necessary, the contractor is required to provide escorts during work hours.

Business entrances 

Business entrances will always be accessible either via an existing sidewalk or a temporary asphalt sidewalk.

Work hours

Project work hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., with possible evening work. Everett’s noise ordinance prohibits work between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. during the week and between 10 p.m. and 9 a.m. on weekends, unless a variance has been issued. Please note that Everett's noise ordinance allows work until 10 p.m. on Saturdays.

Historical findings

See images of historical finds from the Rucker Renewal project in the photo gallery.

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