67th Ave. NE re-opens to traffic early July 22

ARLINGTON — Crews successfully installed a new culvert under 67th Avenue NE for Portage Creek during the weekend of July 19-22. To complete this work in a safe and timely manner, a section of 67th Avenue NE was closed to through traffic. Crews completed their work on July 22 and the roadway opened up in time for the Monday evening commute, almost a full day ahead of schedule.

"The construction team did an amazing job completing this important piece of the project in a safe and timely manner," Arlington Mayor Barbara Tolbert said. "An early opening is good news for commuters and local businesses."

The Portage Creek culvert is the first of two being installed as part of the city of Arlington's 67th Avenue Final Phase project. A new culvert for Prairie Creek will be installed the weekend of Aug. 2-6 and will also require a roadway closure. The scheduled closure will occur between 204th Street NE and 211th Place NE from 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 2, until 5 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 6.

"We want to remind folks that local businesses in this area will remain open during the upcoming closures," Tolbert said. "This is the final scheduled roadway closure for this project and we appreciate everyone's patience."

The city has planned these closures over weekends when local events have not been scheduled in order to minimize impacts to local businesses, community members and visitors. A detour route has been established for those who typically use this section of 67th Avenue NE.

The city of Arlington has been working since 2001 to improve safety and mobility for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians on 67th Avenue NE. The 67th Avenue Final Phase includes improvements to 67th Avenue NE between 204th Street NE and Lebanon Street.

To keep the community informed throughout construction, the city has set up a project website at, and will provide regular updates through its e-newsletter. The public can also email questions to or call the project information line at 360-594-2425. A link to the detour map can be found at

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