Upcoming Capital Improvement Projects

Now that the sun is back, the Public Works Department will be working on several capital improvement projects that will preserve our streets, increase safety and keep the city moving towards economic diversity.

2017 Capital Improvement Projects

La Center Road Sewer Line and Pump Station

Construction Schedule: July 2017 - September 2017
Location: La Center Road
Goal: Extend the sewer line from the La Center Wastewater Treatment Plant to the I-5 Junction .

Clark Public Utilities - Water Line

Construction Schedule: October 24, 2016 - June 2017
Location: Along La Center Road - From Timmen Road to NW Paradise Park Road
Goal: Provide water service for future development on Timmen Road and at the I-5 Junction. The water line is installed. The pavement restoration will occur as weather permits.
Update: Due to weather and mechanical difficulties, the pavement restoration on the north side of La Center Road is taking longer than expected. The contractor is actively working to restore the road as quickly as possible. Effective today (6/14/17) the plan is to conduct work on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Please exercise caution while driving in the construction zone. Your patience is appreciated.

Interstate 5 Interchange and Paradise Park Road Realignment

Construction Schedule: June 2016 - June 2017
Location: La Center I-5 Interchange Region

Upcoming Traffic Revisions

Construction is well underway and is about to reach it's final stages.

Project Overview

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT), City of La Center, and the Cowlitz Indian Tribe are collectively pursuing improvements to the Interstate 5 Interchange at NW 319th Street/La Center Road, including modifications to frontage roads (Paradise Park Road and 31st Avenue), as well as a partial relocation of 319th Street.

The Project is needed to provide safe and efficient access to and from I-5 given the anticipated increase in traffic and corresponding need for safety improvements due to the Cowlitz Indian Tribe’s planned resort and casino, as well as local and regional growth. Based on a detailed planning and operations analysis, the overall interchange project will include the following:

  • Construction of a new overpass structure located immediately south of the existing structure, which will accommodate four travel lanes and pedestrian and bicycle facilities.
  • Modification of the existing northbound and southbound interchange ramp terminals to include multiple (as many as four) lane roundabouts.
  • A modified northbound off-ramp that is lengthened and includes a second exit lane.
  • A modified southbound on-ramp that includes two receiving lanes off of the ramp terminal that transition to a single lane prior to merging with I-5 mainline traffic.
  • A partial relocation of Paradise Park Road and the development of a new intersection with NW La Center Road. This new intersection would be located approximately 450 feet (centerline-to-centerline) east of a northbound roundabout terminal to meet Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) guidelines for intersection spacing of 350 or more feet. The new intersection will operate as a two-way stop-control intersection in the near-term, and eventually need to be converted to a roundabout or traffic signal with future development.
  • Relocation of NW 319th Street approximately 350 feet south of the current alignment to accommodate the new overpass, and provide an enhanced east-west circulation network that is more compatible with the Cowlitz Reservation Development.
  • A partial relocation of NW 31st Avenue and the development of a new intersection with NW 319th Street. This new intersection would be located approximately 600 feet west of the southbound roundabout terminal to meet WSDOT intersection spacing guidelines. The new intersection will operate as a roundabout to accommodate near-term and long term traffic flow.

Sewer Main Reconstruction (Project Completed)

Construction Schedule: Weather permitting, the week of July 25th through August 18th
Location: Pacific Highway, between 5th Street and 3rd Street
Goal: Capacity Increasing Project; replacing an existing 8-inch with an 18-inch sanitary sewer collection line.

Please expect intermittent lane closures on Pacific Highway during construction. Please exercise caution and patience.

The existing 8-inch sanitary sewer line in Pacific Highway is nearly at capacity and approaching it’s useful life (50 years). Replacing the line will assure that capacity will be available as the City continues to grow. In addition, this project is planned in preparation for the construction of the future roundabout at Pacific Highway and 4th Street scheduled for construction early next year.

Pavement Preservation (Project Completed)

Construction Schedule: Week of July 4th
Location: Pacific Highway from E Avenue North to City Limits on NW Bolen Street
Goal: Chip seal 4,400 lineal feet of Pacific Highway

The project will consist of chip sealing a large section of Pacific Highway. Chip sealing helps extend the life of roads by as much as three to five years. Weather permitting the chip seal can be applied in one day; significantly limiting the impact to motorists. Lane stripping will take place within a couple of weeks after and should be done in one day as well.

4th Street LED sign Project at Stonecreek Drive (Project Completed)

Construction Schedule: April 25th - May 31st
Location: Intersection at 4th Street and Stonecreek Drive
Goal: Improve safety, providing advance notice to motorist when pedestrians are in crosswalk.

Concerned parents approached the La Center City Council about student safety while crossing the street at Stonecreek Drive. City Engineer, Anthony Cooper determined that one possible solution is the installation of Lighted Advanced Warning Signals that will alert drivers when pedestrians are in the cross walk. The City received a Transportation Alternative Grant (TAP) administered through the Southwest Regional Transportation Council for the purchase of flashing LED crosswalk signals. The contract was awarded earlier this spring to Northeast Electric from Woodland, WA. Construction/Installation is scheduled to be complete by the end of May.

Meet our Team

Public Works Director, Jeff Sarvis
City Engineer, Tony Cooper
Public Works Supervisor, Jeromy Wirkus
Permit Specialist, Naomi Hansen
Maintenance Worker, Jeremy Klinski
Maintenance Worker, David Pettit
Maintenance Worker, Joe Warren
Maintenance Worker, Aaron Wilkinson