OLYMPIA – Construction on a mile-long stretch of Mullen Rd., located between Timberline High School and Carpenter Rd., is set to begin Monday, December 9, 2019 – more than 3 weeks ahead of schedule.
“We’re excited to be ahead of our planned January start date. This way, we will be able to get some preliminary work out of the way while students from area schools are on winter break,” said Thurston County Civil Engineer Brian Meier.
Meier, along with representatives from Thurston County met with contractor Active Construction, Inc. last week to review initial construction schedules for the project.
Mullen Rd. is used by nearly 12,000 vehicles each day. It is also traveled daily by bicyclists and pedestrians, and is a primary walking route for students attending Timberline High School, Lakes Elementary, and Woodland Elementary. During construction, large sections of the road will be reduced to a single lane, requiring alternating traffic and causing delays for drivers.
“We know that construction is going to be an inconvenience for drivers. We want to make sure people are prepared for traffic delays, especially during commute hours,” said Thurston County Engineer Scott Lindblom.
Lindblom added that work is slated to occur Monday through Friday each week during regular business hours. Some weekend work may also occur during construction. However, due to the proximity of homes in the area, night work is prohibited.
Construction is expected to take two years to complete, and includes a widened road with dedicated bicycle lanes, sidewalks, lighting, and crosswalks, along with a new roundabout at Mullen Rd. and Carpenter Rd., and a left turn lane on to Mullen Rd. at Glen Terra Dr.
Environmental improvements are also part of the project and include the construction of a box culvert for a stream under Mullen Rd to improve flow to Pattison Lake. When complete, project will improve safety and traffic flow, reduce congestion, and accommodate for future growth.
The Mullen Rd. Corridor Improvement Project is made possible through a partnership between Thurston County and the City of Lacey, along with additional funding from the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board and the Federal Surface Transportation Program.
For daily updates during construction on the Mullen Rd. Project, follow Thurston County Public Works on Twitter @Thurston_PW or visit the Thurston County Travel Impacts web page at: https://www.co.thurston.wa.us/publicworks/travelImpacts.html
More information about the project, including frequently asked questions and funding details, visit the project webpage at: https://www.co.thurston.wa.us/publicworks/Project_MullenRd.html