It's that time of year  when city and county crews get busy with roadwork. If your commute includes Summitview Avenue you need to know city crews will be working on Summitview between 40th Avenue and 44th Avenue starting Wednesday, March, 23 through Friday, March, 25.

The work will result in one lane in each direction on Summitview Avenue

City officials say the work on the project will begin each day at around 7:00 am and last until 3:30 pm. As a result of the work traffic will be limited to one lane in both directions in the project area during scheduled work hours. City officials say because of heavy traffic volumes on Summitview Avenue, drivers can expect delays. They say drivers should use alternate routes if possible until the work is completed.

If you drive through the area you'll be slowed to 20-miles-per-hour

A city press release says Drivers are reminded that the speed limit through all traffic-related work zones within the City of Yakima is "20 miles-per-hour.Access to homes and businesses in the project area will be maintained as best as possible and emergency vehicles will be allowed through the project area if necessary. The repairs may cause interruptions in scheduled refuse collection. Contact the City of Yakima Refuse Division at 509-575-6005 for more information. As always, the schedule for this type of project is subject to change daily dependent on weather, equipment failure, and emergencies."

See a pothole? Report it to the city so it gets fixed!

Yakima city officials say potholes are not uncommon because of the weather and the freeze and thaw cycle during the winter months. The potholes are started by rain or snow that seeps into small cracks in the pavement. A city news release says the “freeze-thaw cycle” "causes moisture to contract and expand; increasing the size of the cracks. As vehicles travel over these cracks, the asphalt pavement begins to loosen, thereby creating potholes."

City crews want your help in spotting the potholes

City crews are always looking for the potholes to repair them as quickly as possible to reduce damage to vehicles and the roadway but they can't find all of them. That's where you come in.
With over 400-miles of streets in the City of Yakima, the City is asking for help in reporting potholes.
“Having residents and community members reporting the locations of potholes, greatly assists Public Works in their effort in repairing them in a timely manner,” says Public Works Director Scott Schafer. “More eyes on an issue provide for better results.”
Potholes can be reported using the City’s “Yak Back” feature at https://www.yakimawa.gov/yak-back/ or calling the City’s Street Repair Hotline at (509) 576-6713.

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