It’s official: the paving portion of the Vashon Highway SW project is complete.
On August 7, crews repaved the final portion of the nearly 12 miles of road included in this year’s paving effort. That marked the end of seven weeks of paving on Vashon Island’s busiest road – its first comprehensive paving in over 25 years.
There is still work to be done in the coming weeks, including installing final traffic markings such as painting lane stripes on the road surface, but the grinding and asphalt paving is complete. The paving started in mid-June, toward the business center of the island. Crews worked their way south toward the Tahlequah ferry terminal, then back north toward the town center. Paving operations then moved north toward the Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth ferry terminal on the north tip of the island.
Throughout the work, the project’s contractor – ICON Materials – was able to stay ahead of schedule. They were also able to complete the work without conducting any night paving, which was originally considered to stay on schedule.
We would like to thank our partners in this project, including ICON Materials and the Washington State Ferries.
Thank you to the Vashon Island residents, businesses and drivers for your patience while we worked to make your busiest road safer. Your patience was very much appreciated.
The first part of the remaining work is expected to begin this week, when our maintenance crews begin restriping the road. We ask that drivers continue to plan ahead for possible delays and to please not try to pass the striping truck or drive over wet paint.