East James Street construction begins July 21
20-day full road closure from Central to Jason
This Saturday, July 21, construction will begin on East James Street, paving the road from Central Avenue to Jason in concrete. After getting input from residents on social media and at a July 2 community meeting, the city opted to go with a 20-day full road closure rather than 60 days of intermittent lane closures.
“At the community meeting, the vote was unanimous to go for a 20-day full road closure,” said Kent Mayor Dana Ralph. “This isn’t going to be easy for anyone, but when it’s over, the East James Street project will finally be complete, and the new concrete road will last for decades.”
In addition to expediting the work, the 20-day road closure will save the city $200,000. From July 21 through August 9, Kiewit Construction will work up to 12 hours per day, seven days a week. Westbound traffic will be diverted at James and 94th to Canyon with local access only beyond 94th. Eastbound traffic on James will be diverted at James and Central over to Smith. After August 9, there will be about 10 days of intermittent lane closures for striping.
Traffic controls and signage will be in place, and there will also be message boards at 104th and 240th to divert traffic north and south at 104th. Drivers are encouraged to use 208th, Canyon Drive and 277th to get up and down East Hill during construction. Visit DriveKent.com and the city’s Facebook page for updates.
Kent is the sixth largest city in Washington with a population over 128,000. A culturally rich destination, Kent features captivating neighborhoods, award-winning parks, exceptional school districts and nationally accredited police and fire departments. In recent years, Kent has experienced impressive economic growth, and is nationally known as a prime location for manufacturing. For more information, visit KentWA.gov.