Houghton: NE 68th Street and 108th Avenue NE Intersection Improvements in Early January

What:  The City’s contractor Sanders Construction will be building intersection improvements at NE 68th Street and 108th Avenue NE. The planned improvements will reduce congestion by installing a new westbound to northbound right turn lane on 68th Street and modify turning radiuses at all corners of the intersection to improve right turn movements.  In addition, sidewalk and curb enhancements will be made at all four corners of the intersection to improve pedestrian safety and safe school walk route (please see diagram on back of attached notice).  The project funding is a combination of City transportation and surface water funds, and a Sound Transit contribution.


Why: The Project will improve the efficiency of the intersection to reduce congestion experienced during peak travel times.   Widening the sidewalk and improving crosswalk amenities will enhance the safety for pedestrians and improve the safe school walk route.  The turning radius for buses and larger vehicles will be improved with the modifications at the corners of the intersections.


When:  The first phase of construction included the removal of the large cedar tree and relocation of Puget Sound Energy (PSE) power poles adjacent to the intersection, including franchise utility relocations. The intersection and signal improvements bySanders Construction are scheduled to begin in early January 2012 and are expected to be complete by early summer.  Typical work hours are between 7:00 am and 6:00 pm with most traffic related restrictions limited to the hours of 9:00 am and 3:30 pm.


What to Expect:  The following is an outline of basic construction practices:


Advanced notice of parking restrictions and utility shutdowns:

  • Adjacent properties will be notified well in advance of utility shutdowns, if any.
  • No-parking signs will be posted 24 hours in advance of all parking restrictions. 
  • Possible one lane closures. Traffic control and flagging operations will be in effect.
  • Emergency vehicle access will be maintained throughout the construction process.
  • The contractor is required to backfill and/or cover their work at the end of each day so there will be no open trenches left over night.
  • Garbage/recycling pick-up locations and schedules will remain the same unless special notification is issued by the contractor.
  • The contractor will be coordinating with the postal service so mail delivery is not impacted.


To obtain current information go to the project web site.