A map of detour routes for the South 228th Street closure. COURTESY GRAPHIC, City of Kent

A map of detour routes for the South 228th Street closure. COURTESY GRAPHIC, City of Kent

Kent to close portion of South 228th Street for work on new overpass | Update: city releases detour map

Two-year closure starts Nov. 27 to separate street/railroad tracks

The city of Kent will close a portion of South 228th Street for approximately two years for work on the vehicle-Union Pacific Railroad grade separation overpass.

Starting on Tuesday, Nov. 27, crews will close South 228th Street between Sixth Avenue North and 72nd Avenue South, according to city officials.

Detour routes will be in place at 76th Avenue South/Fourth Avenue North and at 68th Avenue South/West Valley Highway, directing drivers to use South 212th Street during the closure.

Interurban Trail will remain open for the next several weeks but will be closed for the majority of the project, which is expected to be completed in late 2020.

The grade separation with the street overpass over the tracks will provide a regional connection between the nation’s fourth largest warehouse and industrial center in Kent with the Ports of Tacoma and Seattle and Sea-Tac Airport.

The cost of the project is an estimated $24 million. The funding is provided by the Freight Mobility Strategic Investment Board, Union Pacific Railroad, Puget Sound Regional Council, the state Department of Transportation and the Port of Seattle. The Legislature approved $15 million for the project as part of the $16 billion transportation package adopted in 2015.

Crews recently completed utility relocation work.

Contact Public Works Engineering at Publicworks@KentWA.gov or 253-856-5500 with questions.

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