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Fourth and Willis intersection to close Oct. 3-5 in Kent | Update

Paving of new roundabout rescheduled due to forecast of wet weather

The intersection of Fourth Avenue South and Willis Street will be closed for construction from 4 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3 until 4 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 5.

The city of Kent Public Works Department announced the official closing times and dates on Wednesday as work continues on a new roundabout. The city postponed the work and closure from Sept. 18-20 due to the smoky conditions and the potential for wet weather and postponed it again from Sept. 26-28 due to the forecast of wet weather.

Crews will close the intersection for base-lift paving of the new roundabout.

Construction began in June on the $4.75 million project, which will include new sidewalks, crosswalks, pedestrian lighting, landscaping and art installations to spruce up the gateway to downtown.

A $3 million state Department of Transportation grant will help fund construction. The rest of the cost will be paid for by city B&O, utility and drainage tax funds, according to city documents. The existing signalization intersection will be replaced with a two-lane roundabout.

The state Department of Transportation required the city to build a roundabout along State Route 516 (aka Willis Street) in exchange for allowing the city to extend Naden Avenue and allow right in/right out traffic access from the Naden site to Willis Street. City officials wanted the access to attract developers to potentially purchase the city property, which sits just northwest of the Fourth and Willis intersection.


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