Municipal and Utilities

R.W. Johnson Boulevard and 21st Avenue

Location: Olympia
General contractor: Active Construction
Owner/developer: City of Olympia
Engineer: City of Olympia
Contract amount: $3.5 million




Photo courtesy of Active Construction
This project at R.W. Johnson Boulevard and 21st Avenue in Olympia was the first in the state to use pervious concrete bike lanes and sidewalks.

Dealing with the wettest November on record was among the challenges that Active Construction faced when building the R.W. Johnson Boulevard and 21st Avenue road-improvement project.

To control the runoff from all the rain and keep it out of a nearby creek, Active worked closely with the state Department of Ecology to implement extra environmental control measures.

Active installed three new storm ponds, temporary pump casings and electric pumps. A temporary sewer-bypass system was put in place while Active installed a new 36-inch sewer system.

The judges noted Active’s “excellent communication and coordination,” evident in the seamless relocation of existing utility systems, which involved several utility firms and city and state government departments. Active and its partners coordinated the many difficult tasks in an accelerated time frame that was necessary due to the temporary closure of R.W. Johnson, a significant road.

Active’s project was the first in the state to use pervious concrete bike lanes and sidewalks, and the contractor was recognized by the city of Olympia for its “we can do it” attitude and perseverance through unforeseen conditions.



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