39th avenue project hits roadblock

Construction on 39th Avenue in Puyallup will not be completed until October, six weeks behind schedule.

Chase CharabaOnline and Social Media Manager

South Hill residents will have to wait until October before 39th Avenue SW’s construction is finished near Costco, six weeks behind schedule, because the City of Puyallup terminated its contract with Conway Construction Co. on March 25.

The road was supposed to be repaved with upgraded center turn lanes and traffic signals, according to a May 12 article by The News Tribune.

However, the road had been reduced from four to two lanes to allow for crews to remove portions of the old road.

This has left the South Hill Mall area gridlocked on weekdays.

The City of Puyallup Engineering Division announced May 25 that it had awarded a new contract to Olson Brothers Excavating, Inc. for $2.47 million. The city also released updated project details.

“Besides widening 39th between 11th and 17th, the project will provide for a U-turn for west bound cars on 39th just before 11th, will add a second left turn lane northbound on 14th and will overlay 17th north of 39th,” according to the City of Puyallup website.

Work is expected to resume in June.

However, according to The News Tribune, Conway is suing the city, claiming “some of the problems were not its fault but rather the fault of utility companies that had performed work in conjunction with the road project.”

According to an official statement on the City of Puyallup website, “the city determined that the contractor was not performing all of the required work according to the project specifications. Specifically, the city noted multiple instances of defective or unauthorized work – some involving improper traffic control signage and unsafe site conditions – and diligently and repeatedly sought their correction.”

Residents and commuters can contact City Engineer Mark Palmer at 253-435-3606 or email him at mpalmer@ci.puyallup.wa.us with any questions or concerns about the road project.

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39th avenue project hits roadblock

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