Enumclaw city streets getting improvements

Enumclaw drivers will encounter a summer of driving detours ­— mostly minor — as the city tackles a rather lengthy list of paving projects.

Billed as a “citywide pavement preservation project,” the effort began in late May and is slated for September completion. By the close of summer, approximately 30 individual projects are to be addressed.

The work is a direct result of two decisions, one governmental and one by voters, aimed specifically at smoother streets. The bulk of the $2.6 million will be funded by money generated by the city’s Transportation Benefit District: the TBD implemented a $20 car tab fee in 2014 and, later, proposed an increase in the local sales tax. While the license fee was increased solely by a vote of TBD members, the tax increase was approved by city voters in November 2015.

The TBD consists of members of the Enumclaw City Council, acting as an independent entity.

The summerlong project will be limited to city streets and will include pavement repair, as well as work to make curbs and ramps compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Some of the larger projects will be seen on Gossard, Loraine and Garfield streets, all between Griffin and Kibler avenues; Dickson Avenue, between Mountain Villa Drive and Blake Street; three blocks of Pioneer Street sitting north of Elmont Avenue; and a section of McHugh Avenue east of Porter Street. Many other projects run for just a block or two.

The project also includes work on three heavily-traveled roadways, which will receive funding through the state’s Transportation Improvement Board.

The trio of projects includes 244th Avenue Southeast between Warner and Roosevelt avenues; Warner between 244th and Semanski Street; and McHugh from Harding to Porter streets.

The work is being done by Puget Paving and Construction, a Lakewood company, and was authorized by members of the City Council in April. An advertisement netted four bids and Puget Paving submitted the best offer.