Seattle has its Interstate 5 closures and later this month Kent will close State Route 167 overnight in both directions between the South 212th Street exit and the 84th Avenue/Central Avenue exit.
Crews will close the highway between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. from Monday, June 25 through Friday, June 29, according to the city of Kent’s Public Works Department. Traffic will detour onto East Valley Highway.
The closure is for placement of bridge girders for the new South 224th Street bridge over Highway 167, an alternate route for drivers between the Kent Valley and the East Hill. City staff expects the $15 million bridge to be done in 2019.
Workers in the first phase of the project will construct a new three-lane roadway to connect East Valley Highway (aka 84th Avenue S./Central Avenue N.) and 88th Avenue South.
The second phase – at a cost of about $9 million – includes widening 88th Avenue S./S. 218th Street to a three-lane roadway from 88th Avenue South to 94th Place South, as well as a new bridge over Garrison Creek along South 218th Street. That work will start this summer and be done next year.
The third and final phase – for an estimated $9 million – will widen South 218th/216th to a three-lane road from 94th Place South to Benson Road (aka 108th Avenue SE/State Route 515). City staff has not yet determined a timeline for construction.