The City of Yakima has been planning on North 1st Street Revitalization project for years and now, at last, it looks like the project gets underway later this week.

In a press release, City Spokesperson Randy Beehler says " crews will begin saw cutting pavement this Thursday, March 14th, in preparation for excavating underground utility lines."

That will mean the following travel restrictions:

The outside, northbound lane of North 1st Street near its intersection with R Street will be closed to traffic for most of the morning this Thursday beginning at 8:00 am.

Thursday afternoon, the outside, southbound lane of North 1st Street near its intersection with R Street will be closed for saw cutting until about 6:00 pm.

Saw cutting work will impact traffic on sections of North 1st Street beginning this Friday, March 15th and lasting through Wednesday, March 20th.

Rolling closures of the outside, northbound lane of North 1stStreet between R Street and N Street will occur from Friday to next Wednesday between 7:30 am and 6:00 pm.

Beehler says, "Early next week...crews will begin excavating aging utility lines (water, sewer, stormwater), which are being replaced ....the project also includes reconstructing the North 1st Street roadway, rebuilding sidewalks, installing new lighting, building new median islands, redirecting utility lines, and enhancing landscaping"

The project is estimated to cost about $3.3 million and is being paid for mostly with federal and state funds.  Phase 1 is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2019.