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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, July 25, 2016
Scott Davis, Acting County Engineer, (360) 867-2329 or by email at davissa@co.thurston.wa.us
Lucy Mills, Road Operations Manager, (360) 867-2384 or by email at Millsl@co.thurston.wa.us

Highway 99 Paving Project Complete
The much needed asphalt repaving for Highway 99 is now complete

OLYMPIA - From May 23, to July 21, contractors repaved three sections of Highway 99: from the Lewis County line to old Highway 9, from Ivan Street to Tilley Road, and from Violet Prairie Road to the Tenino City limits. In total, more than six miles of roadway is now improved for travelers.

"Not only was the project completed ahead of schedule, but under budget," said Scott Lindblom, Interim Public Works Director. "We are incredibly proud of the project team for their diligence on this project. They worked hard to minimize traffic disruptions to drivers and send out regular updates on their progress via Twitter and our website."

The project finished 10 days ahead of schedule and was under budget. Any cost savings from this project will be available for future surfacing projects.

Crews removed and replaced three inches of the roadway surface, approximately 15,000 tons of asphalt. The old asphalt will be reprocessed into rock aggregate for use on future roadway maintenance projects. By recycling asphalt, the county reduces the amount of new aggregate material for maintenance work, saving taxpayers $3.50 per ton. This saves the county more than $50,000 in materials cost for future projects.

In addition to restoring the degraded roadway, the project will also help improve driver safety. Through these improvements, lane widths are now reduced at intersections as a speed-calming measure, high-visibility markings are present, and rumble strips are etched in between northbound and southbound traffic lanes to alert drivers they are drifting into oncoming traffic.

To receive updates on Thurston County Public Works road maintenance projects, follow @Thurston_PW on Twitter or visit co.thurston.wa.us/publicworks.



County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3