Bentley Road East will remain closed where it intersects with 72nd Street East through mid-October.
The road was closed July 11 as part of a project to rebuild a slope along 72nd Street East. The road was expected to reopen in late August, but the closure is extended due to unexpected delays.
The slope is located on the north side of 72nd Street East about 270 feet west of Bentley Road East. The slope failed during a rainstorm in December 2015.
Work on the project started July 9, and is expected to be completed in early fall. A reinforced slope will be built using layers of gravel wrapped in a fabric liner.
A detour route will take motorists from 72nd Street East to Pioneer Way East to Bentley Road East. A map of the detour route is available at www.piercecountywa.gov/crp5845.
Work hours will continue to run from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. 72nd Street East will remain open, although it may be reduced to one lane with alternating traffic during work hours. Flaggers will be onsite to direct traffic during these hours.
Scarsella Bros. Inc. is the contractor. The construction cost is approximately $872,000, with $755,000 coming from federal emergency relief funds and $117,000 coming from County Road Funds.
A project webpage is available at www.piercecountywa.gov/crp5845.
Arnie Sheppard, P.E., Planning and Public Works field engineering manager
Anne Radford, Planning and Public Works public information specialist