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Rucker Renewal Project Updates

Posted on: November 1, 2019

Rucker Renewal project update 11-8-19

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As we near the final stages of Phase 1, significant pieces of the project are getting completed.   

THIS WEEK

Hoyt

Hoyt striping

  • Striping was completed, and Hoyt Avenue opened to traffic on Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 4:17 p.m. 
  • The contractor removed construction debris from previously closed parking lots to make them available to drivers.

New Sidewalk

Rucker

  • California Street intersection
    • Concrete roadway from the California intersection to south of Hewitt and sidewalks were completed.
    • Driveway construction at the southwest corner of the intersection was completed along with electrical and irrigation work.
    • Driveways at Library Place were constructed.
  • West side
    • Everett to California
      • New sidewalks went in. All businesses are accessible. 
      • Installation of electrical foundations and conduit continued, as did further curbs and sidewalk prep.
    • California to Hewitt 
      • The contractor demolished the roadway and trenched for electrical and irrigation.
    • Hewitt to Wall 
      • The contractor demolished and graded the roadway.
  • East side
    • Everett to California  
      • Existing sidewalks were demolished.

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 complete the sidewalk corners for the Hoyt/Pacific intersection when the brass lettering arrives and will landscape the planters in spring 2020. Signals will also be installed later; the contractor is awaiting delivery.

Rucker

  • California Street intersection
    • The contractor will be opening the California Street intersection and the impacted portions on either side of Rucker as soon as progress allows; the contractor expects to be able to open the intersection by Saturday, Nov. 16.
  • West side
    • Everett to California
      • Removal of remaining existing sidewalks will continue as will construction of new curbs and sidewalks.
    • California to Hewitt 
      • The contractor will continue to trench for electrical and irrigation and pour curbs, sidewalks and planter curbs.
    • Hewitt to Wall 
      • Roadway demolition and grading will continue.
  • East side
    • Everett to California  
      • Remaining sidewalks will be demolished, and new sidewalks and curbs will continue to go in.
    • California to Hewitt
      • 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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